After Sussex Records folded, Withers signed with Columbia Records in 1975. His first album release with the label, Making Music, Making Friends, included the single “She’s Lonely”, which was featured in the film Looking for Mr. Goodbar. During the next three years he released an album each year with Naked & Warm (1976), Menagerie (1977, containing the successful “Lovely Day”), “Bout Love” (1978) and “Get on Down”; the latter song also included on the Looking for Mr. Goodbar soundtrack.
In 1976, Withers performed “Ain’t No Sunshine” on Saturday Night Live.
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