Ain't No Sunshine - Bill Withers (1971)





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"Aint No Sunshine" was a song by Bill Withers from his 1971 album "Just As I Am" on Sussex Records, produced by Booker T. Jones. The record featured MGs Donald "Duck" Dunn on bass and drummer Al Jackson, Jr. and was released as a single in September 1971. It became a breakthrough hit for Withers, reaching number six on the U.S. R&B chart and number three on the U.S. Pop chart. Bill Withers' Sussex recordings were later purchased by Columbia Records, who he signed with in 1977. Withers was still working at a factory that made toilet seats for Boeing 747s when he recorded the song. He originally intended to write more lyrics for the part of the song where he repeats the phrase 'I know' twenty-six times, but the other musicians told him to leave it. "I was this factory worker puttering around", Withers said. "So when they said to leave it like that, I left it." Withers told Songfacts.com in an interview that he was inspired to write this song after watching the 1962 movie "Days Of Wine And Roses". "Ain't No Sunshine" is ranked 280th on Rolling Stone magazines list of the 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time. This channel is dedicated to all the great 'old school' R&B music I grew up with, the stuff that originally made me tap my feet and want to be a DJ. Funk, soul, disco, R&B, dance, hip-hop, pop . . . 60s, 70s, 80s . . . whatever you call it, it's all 'Old School' and it's all here!

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