The departure of American soul singer Bill Weathers


More than three decades separate Bill Weathers’ declaration (1938-2020) his retirement from singing and music, and his departure days before due to heart problems in Los Angeles. An absence that did not affect the spread and popularity of his songs throughout that period such as Lean on Me, Lovely Day, Ain’t no Sunshine and Just the Two of Us from which many copies were issued by the voices of other singers, although none of them reached the voice of Weathers deep and emotional that was the cause Essential to reach the hearts of millions around the world. With every catastrophe the world was facing, his songs were returned to, specifically Lean on Me, as happened recently with the spread of the Corona virus, where the song came as a hymn for solidarity and unity after it got out of people’s homes in the home quarantine and spread on social media as solidarity with doctors and nurses in Hospitals.The American soul singer won three Emmy awards for his works and songs during his short musical journey that he started in the end of the sixties and produced nine music albums. The beginning of West Virginia’s son was not at all easy, because of poverty first and the ethnicity he once said, “I grew up with the fact that if I mistakenly entered a white women’s bathroom, it would be my destiny to lose my life.” After he bought a guitar, Withers wrote and composed his songs while he was still working in an aircraft parts factory, before he started singing for a small allowance in an Auckland pub. However, his actual musical experience started when one of the tapes recorded with his voice fell to CEO of “Sussex Records” Clarence Avant. Summoned Withers immediately to record his first album, Just As I Am in 1971. The work included the song Ain’t No Sunshine, which was influenced by Gossiple. His memory in the Afro-American churches was a huge popular and critical success, while he won the entire album “Emmy Award” for Best R&B Album in 1972. The 1970s was the peak period for Weathers. He also had great success with his second album Still Bill which he released a year after his first album and contained songs such as Lonely Town, Lonely Street and Lean On Me. Note that the more popular his recorded works were, the songs he performed and played directly at the parties were spreading the same, especially the Carnegie Hall concert in New York that was released in a separate album Live at Carnegie Hall in 1973. The reason is of course due to his simple performance and deep voice that It causes him to perform different styles of black music, easily transferring between soul, funk, gossip, and blues, in a way that seems to restrict his voice to a certain style only shorthand. After working for years with Sussex Records, Withers moved to work with the Columbia Records production company. His period of work with her was not paved, as he continued to suffer from problems and clashes with her until she ended with his last album, Watching You Watching Me, in 1985, which faced a failure compared to his previous albums: Justments and Making Music, Naked & Warm, Menagerie, and Bout Love. Unlike many artists who announced their retirement and later reversed their decisions, Bill Weathers disappeared from view altogether, and from attending events until his fans almost thought that Bill Weathers had not been alive for a long time. All of this is due to America’s music production companies, whose critical opinion has always been public about its direction and the injustice that it inflicts on some artists at the expense of others. Thus he did not appear again until 2015, during the celebration of his joining with “Hall or Fame for Rock and Roll”, and before that in a documentary tape on his life in 2009 entitled Still Bill, in which he re-talked about the reasons for his retirement, saying that he no longer had an incentive to record and sing After he lost his passion for this field completely. He only had to return to the life of the common man that he was living before his musical involvement. Thus, in his final years, he devoted himself to his family life with his family members, who called him in a statement saying, “We have been decimated by the departure of the husband and the faithful father. He was a loner, but he was driven to communicate with the whole world. Through his poetry and music, he sincerely directed people and made them relate to each other. ”


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