Bill Withers’ Memorable Moment at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

An Unforgettable Performance with Legends

During his induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on April 18, 2015, in Cleveland, Bill Withers experienced a once-in-a-lifetime moment, sharing the stage with Stevie Wonder. The duo performed Withers’ timeless classic “Ain’t No Sunshine,” creating an intimate and unforgettable musical experience.

Stevie Wonder’s Soulful Tribute

Stevie Wonder, known for his profound musical talent, delivered a performance filled with soul and emotion, particularly shining during an improvised segment towards the end. The bond and mutual respect between the two artists were evident, highlighted by Withers’ heartfelt reaction and his gesture of reaching out to Wonder in a moment of gratitude and joy.

Reflecting on a Musical Journey

Despite being inducted 25 years after stepping away from performing, Withers’ contributions to music were honored in a significant way. He shared with Rolling Stone magazine that having started his music career in his 30s, he never felt solely bound to the music industry, attributing this to his background in construction and his introverted nature.

A Special Onstage Invitation

Although Withers chose not to perform during his induction ceremony, he was warmly invited onstage by John Legend during a duet of “Lean on Me” with Stevie Wonder. This gesture underscored the enduring impact of Withers’ music and his legacy in the industry.

Witness the magical performance of “Ain’t No Sunshine” by Bill Withers and Stevie Wonder at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony by watching the video below.