“Lean on me when you’re not strong, and I’ll be your friend. I’ll help you carry on. For it won’t be long ’til I’m gonna need somebody to lean on.”-Bill Withers
On July 8th, 1973, Bill Withers song, Lean On Me soared to #1 on the charts. RollingStone Magazine listed it in its 2004 compilation, The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. In 2009, a great documentary on Bill Withers, Still Bill, was released. If you haven’t seen it, do so…very good!! “Lean On Me” was also featured on the soundtrack of the movie about Joe Clark in NJ also titled Lean On Me. In 2009, Mary J. Blige selected “Lean On Me” to celebrate the election of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the U.S. at We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial. In 2013, “Lean On Me” still stands strong, a testament to its songwriter, that a good song is a good song and relevant throughout the ages.