Mike Hale of The New York Times wrote at the time: “Offstage Bill Withers, the eternal hero of karaoke baritones, exhibits the same gift for aphorism and general soulfulness that informed hit songs like Lean on Me and Ain’t No Sunshine.
“This makes much of the biographical documentary Still Bill pleasant and even moving…”
Tributes have come in for the stars with Chance the Rapper posting on Twitter: “Aw man, Bill Withers was really the greatest.
“Grandma’s Hands, Ain’t No Sunshine, Lean on Me, Use Me Up, Just The Two Of Us and obviously Lovely Day are some of the best songs of all time.
“My heart really hurts for him, it reminds me of playing records with at my grandma’s house.”
Mikel Jollett tweeted: “Ask any songwriter in the world and they will tell you Bill Withers was a genius whose life’s work was a gift. Rest in peace. You are beloved.”
While Chic singer Nile Rodgers posted: “#RIPBillWithers Class, class and more class.”