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Bill Withers Supercharged Hip-Hop’s Crossover Appeal

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Photo of Bill Withers at the Rainbow Theatre in 1973.
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LLast week, the musical landscape changed forever with Bill Withers’ death from heart complications. The legend with an instantly identifiable baritone supplied timeless American music, from the enduring vocal break on his 1971 hit “Ain’t No Sunshine” to the fresh, optimistic vibes of “Lovely Day.” Withers’…

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