Stevie Wonder Honors Bill Withers With Heartful Performances of Late Singer's Hits
Stevie Wonder paid tribute to Bill Withers during the 'One World: Together at Home' concert when he sang some of his late friend's iconic songs.
Stevie Wonder gave a heartfelt performance during the "One World: Together at Home" concert when he paid tribute to Bill Withers by singing some of his hit songs.
Wonder chose to honor his late friend by giving a soulful rendition of two of Wither's timeless songs; "Love's in Need of Love Today" and "Lean on Me."
Before taking to his piano and mic, Wonder said that he wanted the audience to remember the legacy left behind by Withers, he explained:
"During hardships like this, we have to lean on each other for help. My friend, the late Bill Withers, has a perfect song about that."
Stevie Wonder hand an award to Bill Withers during the ceremony at the 30th Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony on April 18, 2015, in Cleveland, Ohio | Source: Getty Images (Photo by Kevin Kane/WireImage for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame)
Fans shared their excitement in watching the legend sing live. "Stevie Wonder is a national treasure"
one person about his performance.
His soulful rendition of the classic songs had many fans praising Stevie for his talent and contribution to music. A super fan gushed over what he proclaimed was unmatched skill.
Fan also commented on how the tribute to Withers was heartfelt. The song "Lean On Me" created an emotional moment for one fan, who admitted:
"[Stevie Wonder] singing Lean on me- is tearing me apart. Why are my silly emotions so close to the damn surface all the time today??"
According to CNN, Withers died in Los Angeles, California, on March 30, 2020, from heart complications. His family issued a statement and expressed the hopes they had for his music saying:
"In this difficult time, we pray his music offers comfort and entertainment as fans hold tight to loved ones."
Withers died at 81-years-old. He is survived by his wife Marcia Johnson and their children Todd and Kori. His family also noted in their statement that he was "a solitary man."
It is reported, he was notorious for enjoying his private life and didn't like touring and the stress of the music business. After stepping away from his career, he admitted in an interview that he did not regret his decision to quit and had loved living a normal life.