Donors to provide marker honoring singer Bill Withers.
The legendary Bill Withers once said, “The biggest challenge to the world is to take anything that’s complicated and make it simple so it can be understood by the masses.”
He had multiple hits that stood the test of time and remain well known by even the youngest generations. Two of his most popular hits, “Lean on Me” and “Ain’t no Sunshine,” sit on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest songs of all time.
The Raleigh County native and three-time Grammy Award winner died at the age of 81 on March 30, 2020, after suffering heart complications, according to The Associated Press.
Several locals, including WVVA reporter Annie Moore and her husband attorney (DJ) Dennie Morgan Jr., have banded together to ensure that Withers’ contributions to soul and contemporary music are never forgotten locally.
Moore and her husband have been at the forefront of collecting donations for a historical marker in Withers’ honor.
She credits Merle Cole with the Raleigh County Historical Society with facilitating the entire process.
“Even at the height of his career, while Withers’ music was being played in households across the globe, there was no sign to mark the home of one of the greatest singer-songwriters of all time,” Moore said.
We’re proud to call the place that was once his home our home. And through the help of many generous donors, we are thrilled to be able to pay our respects in this way,” she said.
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Source: The Register-Herald