TRANSCRIPT Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Remembering Bill Withers

This is a tough episode for the Bullseye team. The late Bill Withers passed away last month at the age of 81. We look back at our two interviews with the soul singer responsible for such classics as “Ain’t No Sunshine,” “Lean on Me” and “Grandma’s Hands” His unique and soulful baritone and intonation coupled with his thoughtful lyrics and down to earth aesthetic ran counter to the more flashy acts of his time and earned him three Grammy awards before he decided to leave the industry on his own terms in the mid 80s. In 2015 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Two of his songs are even in the Grammy Hall of Fame! We look back at the life of the man, the myths behind why he left the industry and the soul of the artist. Bill also talked to us about charting his own course to happiness in life.

Guests: Bill Withers

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