Lean On Me
Bill Withers
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Lean on me when you're not strong
And I'll be your friend, I'll help you carry on
For it won't be long
'Til I'm gonna need somebody to lean on
1972
1
Year
Peak Chart Position
  • No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1972 for three weeks
  • No. 1 on the R&B Singles chart in 1972
  • peaked at No. 4 on the Adult Contemporary chart in 1972
  • peaked at No. 18 on the UK Singles chart in 1972
  • RIAA certified Gold record
  • from Bill Withers' second studio album, Still Bill (1972)
  • 1987 Grammy Award for Best Rhythm & Blues Song
  • ranks #208 on Rolling Stone magazine's 2010 list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time
  • the biggest hit and the second of four Top-10 singles charted on the Hot 100 by Bill Withers in his career
  • Withers used former members of Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band ("Do Your Thing," "Express Yourself") on the record
  • on the record:
         Bill Withers- vocals, piano
         Benorce Blackman- guitar
         Ray Jackson- keyboards
         Melvin Dunlop- bass
         James Gadson- drums, percussion
  • written by Bill Withers
  • produced by Benorce Blackmon, Bill Withers, James Gadson, Melvin Dunlap, Ray Jackson
  • strings arranged by Ray Jackson
  • recorded at The Record Plant, Los Angeles, CA
  • R&B group Club Nouveau topped the Hot 100 in 1987 with their cover version of "Lean On Me"
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