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Encyclopedia > Lean on Me (song)

"Lean on Me" is a well known hit song written and performed by Bill Withers on the 1972 album Still Bill. It is ranked number 205 on the List of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. It has been interpreted by various artists ever since, including Mud (1976), Club Nouveau (1987), dc Talk (1992 - Free at Last) and Michael Bolton (1994). Even though he has not released a version, country singer Kenny Rogers has performed the song at his concerts. This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... Still Bill is the third album by Bill Withers, released in 1972 by Sussex Records. ... In 2004, Rolling Stone listed the 500 Greatest Songs of All-Time as polled by musicians, critics, and industry figures. ... Mud CD cover art Mud was an English glam rock band formed in 1968, best remembered for their single Tiger Feet which was the UKs best-selling single in 1974. ... 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday. ... Club Nouveau was a dance-based, disco and urban R&B group that was formed by producer/performer Jay King in 1986, in Sacramento, California, subsequent to the break up of the Timex Social Club. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... Free at Last is the third album released by dc Talk. ... Michael Bolton (born Michael Bolotin on February 26, 1953) is an American pop, rock, adult contemporary singer-songwriter and tenor known for his soft rock ballads and powerful singing voice. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by United Nations. ... Kenneth Donald Kenny Rogers (born August 21, 1938, in Houston, Texas) is a prolific American country music singer, photographer, producer, songwriter, actor and businessman. ...


Several members of the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band were used for the recording session in 1972. Charles Wright (born in 1940 in Clarksdale, Mississippi) & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band is a pioneering soul and funk band. ...


UK Singer Elkie Brooks performed the song as the title music for BBC comedy programme Agony Again. Elkie Brooks (born Elaine Bookbinder, 25 February 1945, in Salford) is a British singer, formerly a vocalist with Vinegar Joe, and later a solo artist. ... The British Broadcasting Corporation, usually known as the BBC (and also informally known as the Beeb or Auntie) is the largest broadcasting corporation in the world in terms of audience numbers, employing 26,000 staff in the United Kingdom alone and with a budget of more than GB£4 billion...


Now, Lean on Me is often sung at summer camps, churches and other such communities. As its lyrics suggest, it is all about being there for other people.

Preceded by
"Song Sung Blue" by Neil Diamond
Billboard Hot 100 number one single (Bill Withers version)
July 8, 1972
Succeeded by
"Alone Again (Naturally)" by Gilbert O'Sullivan
Preceded by
"Jacob's Ladder" by Huey Lewis & the News
Billboard Hot 100 number one single (Club Nouveau version)
March 21, 1987- March 28, 1987
Succeeded by
"Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" by Starship

Essential Neil Diamond album cover. ... The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ... This is a list of number-one hits in the United States by year from the Billboard Hot 100. ... July 8 is the 189th day of the year (190th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 176 days remaining. ... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... Alone Again (Naturally) is a song by the Irish singer-songwriter Gilbert OSullivan. ... Gilbert OSullivan Gilbert OSullivan (born Raymond Edward OSullivan, on 1 December 1946, in Waterford, Ireland) is a singer-songwriter, best known for his early-1970s hits Alone Again (Naturally), Clair and Get Down. // Early in his life, his family moved to Swindon, England, where he attended St. ... Jacobs Ladder is a 1986 song, written by Bruce Hornsby and his brother John Hornsby, that was recorded by Huey Lewis & The News and became a number one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1987. ... Huey Lewis & the News is a Grammy winning and Academy Award nominated US rock band based in San Francisco, California. ... The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ... This is a list of number-one hits in the United States by year from the Billboard Hot 100. ... March 21 is the 80th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (81st in leap years). ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... March 28 is the 87th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (88th in leap years). ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nothings Gonna Stop Us Now is a song co-written by Albert Hammond and Diane Warren, recorded by Starship. ... Jefferson Airplane was an American rock band from San Francisco, a pioneer of the LSD-influenced psychedelic rock movement. ...

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