Her Dad’s A Popular Outspoken Soul Legend Worth Multi-Millions & He’s No Fan Of Elvis

Posted On : February 1, 2016

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This young lady is the daughter of a true soul legend. Throughout the 70’s and the early 80’s her Dad gave us some of the smoothest, poetic soul songs in the history of soul music. He has a very distinctive sound that is unmatched and he was recently inducted into the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame.

Okay ILOSM fam’ let’s see who passed this Old School soul trivia. Scroll down to find out who her Pops is…

Her Pops Is None Other Than…

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Her name is Kori Withers and her Daddy is the legendary Mr. “Lean On Me,” Mr. “Use Me,” Mr. “Grandma’s Hands,” Mr. “Ain’t No Sunshine,” Mr. “Just The Two Of Us”- I could keep going, but y’all get what I’m saying- he’s Mr. Bill Withers!

Withers deserves all of the props he can get for creating some of the most timeless music ever. His songs are like poetry in motion and his lyrics were always profound and thought provoking. In case you haven’t noticed, I’m a fan of this man’s work.

Remember we said Bill had an issue with Elvis Presley’s music? Well he’s gone on record plenty of times, blasting Elvis for his lack of authenticity and Bill also blasted his old record label’s attempt to get him to cover Elvis’ songs back in the day. He was even more angry that the folks making that suggestion were Caucasian executives who knew nothing about soul music. Here’s what Bill said about that:

“That just pissed me off, because I don’t know nothing ’bout no ghetto and Elvis don’t either. I did ‘Grandma’s hands’, I had a grandma. I did ‘Harlem’ and I went to Harlem. If you see me in the ghetto, brother, I’m passing through.”-WatchLoud

“I really stopped recording because I couldn’t get in the studio. For seven years, I was at CBS records and I couldn’t get a purchase order to go in the studio. There was a guy over there in A&R, Mickey Eichner, and he wouldn’t take my phone calls for three years. [A&R rep] George Butler, that used to work there, he told me when Eichner was in the building he would hide from me. Eichner came up with such brilliant suggestions like I should cover Elvis Presley’s “In the Ghetto.” I don’t cover Elvis Presley. For what? I got my own things. The songs that I’ve written did well for themselves, and brothers don’t cover Elvis, Elvis covers us. So that kinda turned me off to the whole process.”-Eurweb

His Daughter Is Just Like Him

Bill’s daughter, Kori Withers is following  in her dad’s footsteps. She’s a singer who has been slowly, but surely building a fan base of her own with her own style of R&B music. Kori looks up to her Dad immensely, which was evident in the 2009 documentary about her Dad titled Still Bill. Kori also said this about her admiration for her father:

“It’s such a blessing to have a father who you admire and respect, and I’m such a huge fan of his, I have to make sure that I don’t get too in awe of him because it would be so easy to do,” said Kori.

“He’s always be very up front with me and we always had a very special bond,” said Kori. “It’s been useful to me as a person and also as a writer to have someone else’s voice floating in your head.”[via 947TheWave]

Kori’s mother and also Bill’s wife of 39 years is… Marcia Withers, whom he met at a Gil Scott-Heron concert, she didn’t even know who he was. Marcia now manages Bill’s music publishing companies.

Bill has been laying back for the past few decades after he decided to step away from the music industry in the mid 80’s. In 2015 he was inducted into the Rock N’ Roll Hall Of Fame, which was a much deserving accolade.