October 14, 2010, - 1:35 am
Today, I attended a couple of critics movie screenings, including, “127 Hours,” starring hot (and Jewish) actor, James Franco. It’s about Aron Ralston, the Colorado mountain climber who self-amputated his arm to save his life while stuck under a rock in the wilderness. Can’t post my review until it debuts in early November. But one of my favorite songs, Bill Withers’ “Lovely Day,” is on the soundtrack. It’s part of my workout music, and it’s hard to believe that Withers–who, in my opinion, is one of the most undersung singer/songwriters in contemporary pop music–is 72.
I love funk and R&B, and the ultra-talented Withers–a nine-year U.S. Navy veteran–wrote and performed some great songs in those genres in addition to “Lovely Day,” including, “Lean on Me,” “Just the Two of Us,” and “Ain’t No Sunshine.” Earlier this year, the New Yorker did an interesting profile on Withers. There have been many iterations and covers of “Lovely Day” over the years, including S.O.U.L. S.Y.S.T.E.M.’s version and a total peversion of the song by Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. But none tops or even approaches the original Bill Withers 1977 song (though I like Withers’ 1980 remix, which is sped up with some extra drum beats added). Love his singing voice.
What’s your favorite funk and R&B music from the ’70s?
Get Your MP3 Version of Bill Withers’ “Lovely Day” . . .
Bonus Video (Father Plays Piano & Sings “Lovely Day” With His Daughters – Cute):
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