Still Bill

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Still Bill
Studio album by Bill Withers
Released May 1972
Recorded The Record Plant, Los Angeles, CA
Genre Soul, smooth soul, R&B, Pop
Length 44:36
Label Sussex
Producer Benorce Blackmon, Bill Withers, James Gadson, Melvin Dunlap, Ray Jackson
Bill Withers chronology
Just as I Am
(1971)
Still Bill
(1972)
Live at Carnegie Hall
(1973)
Singles from Still Bill
  1. "Lean on Me"
    Released: April 21, 1972
  2. "Use Me"
    Released: 1972
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[1]
Billboard (favorable)[2]
Robert Christgau (A)[3]
PopMatters (favorable)[4]
Rolling Stone 5/5 stars[5]
Stylus Magazine (favorable)[6]

Still Bill is the second studio album by American soul musician Bill Withers, released in 1972 by Sussex Records. It includes two hit singles: "Lean on Me", which is number 205 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time[7] and went to number 1 on the Billboard pop and R&B charts in summer of 1972; and "Use Me", which went to number two on the same charts in fall of 1972.[8] It was certified Gold by the RIAA.[9]

The 2003 Columbia Records CD reissue includes two tracks from Withers' 1973 album Live at Carnegie Hall.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Bill Withers; except where indicated. 

Side A
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Lonely Town, Lonely Street"     3:42
2. "Let Me in Your Life"     2:41
3. "Who Is He (And What Is He to You)?"   Withers, Stanley McKenny 3:13
4. "Use Me"     3:45
5. "Lean on Me"     4:17
Side B
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Kissing My Love"     3:49
2. "I Don't Know"     3:04
3. "Another Day to Run"   Withers, Benorce Blackmon 4:38
4. "I Don't Want You on My Mind"     4:34
5. "Take It All in and Check It All Out"     2:42

Personnel[edit]

  • Bill Withers - guitar, piano, vocals
  • Bobbye Hall - percussion
  • Benorce Blackmon - guitar
  • Melvin Dunlap - bass
  • James Gadson - drums, percussion
  • Raymond Jackson - piano, clavinet, electric piano, horn & string arrangement

Chart history[edit]

Chart (1972) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Soul Albums[10] 1
U.S. Billboard Pop Albums[10] 4
Canadian RPM 100 Albums[11] 71

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Bill Withers: Still Bill > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 23 October 2011.
  2. ^ "Still Bill review". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). 1972. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved October 23, 2011. 
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Bill Withers". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved October 23, 2011. 
  4. ^ Hermann, Andy (January 24, 2003). "Bill Withers: Still Bill". PopMatters. Retrieved October 23, 2011. 
  5. ^ Wild, David (May 5, 2005). "Bill Withers: Still Bill". Rolling Stone (Straight Arrow). ISSN 0035-791X. Archived from the original on November 6, 2007. 
  6. ^ Miller, Derek (July 26, 2005). "Bill Withers - Still Bill". On Second Thought. Stylus Magazine. Retrieved October 23, 2011. 
  7. ^ "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time". Rolling Stone (Straight Arrow) (Special Issue). December 2004. ISSN 0035-791X. Archived from the original on October 25, 2006. 
  8. ^ "Still Bill > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles" at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011.
  9. ^ "American certifications – Withers, Bill – Still Bill". Recording Industry Association of America. 
  10. ^ a b "Still Bill > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums" at AllMusic. Retrieved October 23, 2011.
  11. ^ "RPM 100 Albums". RPM (archived at Library and Archives Canada) (Volume 18, No. 14). November 18, 1972. Retrieved October 23, 2011. 

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