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Soul singer Bill Withers has died

Fans and peers all over the globe are reacting to the death of acclaimed soul singer Bill Withers.
 
The family confirmed that Withers died from heart complications at age 81 on Monday.
 
US musician Chance the Rapper led tributes, describing the singer as the greatest, while Rock star and actor Lenny Kravitz said his voice, songs, and total expression gave love, hope, and strength.
 
The 1970s hit maker is the voice behind songs Ain't No Sunshine, Lean On Me, Just the Two of Us and Lovely Day.
 
Lovely Day set the record for the longest sustained note on a US chart hit, holding a high E for 18 seconds.
 
Although he stopped recording in 1985, his songs remained a major influence on R&B and hip-hop.
 
His track Grandma's Hands was sampled on Blackstreet's No Diggity, and Eminem reinterpreted Just The Two Of Us on his hit 1997 Bonnie And Clyde.
 
Lean On Me has recently become associated with the coronavirus pandemic, with many people posting their own versions to support health workers.


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