Bill Withers “Ain’t No Sunshine” (1971)


Ha. I know what you’re saying, this isn’t a forgotten treasure, this is an all-time classic song that has been voted in the top 500 songs of all-time by Rolling Stone, covered by 144 people (or at least that’s what Wikipedia says). So ok, it’s a classic and that’s it. But it’s my website and I bend the rules.

I just watched an absolutely amazing movie about Bill Withers called Still Bill so I had to at least post a song so I chose his very first hit record. Released in 1971 at the age of 32 (not exactly young for a first release) as a B-side to the single called “Harlem” on Sussex Records with Booker T Jones (of Booker T & the MG’s) on production duties.

Bill Withers was just a few days removed of his very regular job (installing toilets in airplanes) and once radio DJ’s started playing this, everything just took off and the rest is history. Bill Withers had an amazing run of 8 records in just about 10 years then… nothing for the next 25 years. He is now over 70 years old and one of the last living legends we still have so let’s cherish him while we can.

“Ain’t No Sunshine”… a song with no intro, just straight raw soul. Real talent doesn’t need autotune.



Montreal-based DJ and the founder (2007) and 24 Hours of Vinyl (2011).