The U.S.A. celebrates its 243rd birthday today. But America’s birthday isn’t the only one we’re celebrating: beloved American singer/songwriter and musician Bill Withers was born 80 years ago today, on July 4, 1938. Withers’ music helped define the 70’s soul-funk sound, and his extensive list of smash hit songs (like favorites “Lean On Me”, “Ain’t No Sunshine”, “Use Me”, “Just The Two Of Us”, and “Grandma’s Hands”) remain popular to this day. In 2015, Withers was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

To celebrate Withers’ birthday, throw on this amazing video of Withers live studio performance on German TV show Beat-Club in 1972:

Bill Withers – 1972 – Full Set 

[Video: funkyscope]

SETLIST: Lonely Town, Lonely Street, Ain’t No Sunshine, Use Me, Let Me In Your Life, Kissin’ My Love, Lean On Me, Harlem