As you know by now, music legend Bill Withers has crossed over to the other side. He recently passed on March 30. He was 81 years old.
Now that he’s gone, suddenly clips of his speeches over the years have been emerging on YouTube.
These videos reveal that Withers was more than just a talented singer. He was also extremely funny, effortlessly smooth, and a bit … earthy.
This guy really could’ve been a comedian. Who knew?!
In fact, during many of his speeches, you can hear the crowd roaring with laughter as Withers rattled off one-liners as naturally as he could sing a ballad.
That’s ultimately how Withers will be remembered. A powerful performer, who retired from the stage too soon. He was also a vocal savant and one funny ass dude.
Here’s Bill’s priceless speech at the Elgin Baylor/Lakers statue unveiling:
Here’s Bill’s acceptance speech at the 2015 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony: