The three-time Grammy Award victor, who withdrew from making music in the mid-1980s, died on Monday in Los Angeles, the statement said. The youngest of six, he was born with a stutter, an affliction that he said made it hard for him to fit in with other children. Only six survived infancy. Soon, another tragedy struck the family.
But singing was not always on the cards for young Withers who joined the Navy at 17 and spent nine years in the service as an aircraft mechanic installing toilets.
In 1965 he headed for Los Angeles to seek his musical fame and fortune, and did factory work while recording demo tapes and singing in clubs.
Several of Withers' songs are staples of the American songbook. He also got in a few jabs at the record industry, saying A&R stood for "antagonistic and redundant". He was photographed on the cover, smiling and holding his lunch pail. And there was no "difficult second album" syndrome for Withers: Still Bill (1972) topped the Billboard soul chart and went to No 4 in the pop rankings.
Another one of his hit songs, Use Me, was also covered by Grace Jones, who included it on her iconic Nightclubbing album.
Growing up in a home where the soul of the 70s was the soundtrack of our lives, he was up there with Marvin, Stevie, Diana, Chaka, Teddy P. and other R&B legends - the artists who made me made me fall in love with music while I was scratching my father's vinyl. His "Live at Carnegie Hall" in 1973 made Rolling Stone's 50 Greatest Live Albums of All Time.
Withers signed with the powerhouse label Columbia Records in 1975, but it was not a happy arrangement.
A collaboration with Grover Washington Jr, the 1989 song Just the Two of Us was co-written by Withers. Four years later, his recording deal with Columbia ended, and Withers, for all intents and purposes, walked away from the public eye as a performing artist.
Withers was inducted in the inaugural class of the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame, and entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015.
Former presidential candidate Kamala Harris tweeted that Withers' song "Grandma's Hands" is one of her favorites "and reminds me of my grandmother and so many other mother-figures in my life".
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