"Lean On Me" was released on April 21st, 1972 and it’s a song from American singer, Bill Withers.
The song was written and produced by the singer and it has a very personal touch.
The inspiration for "Lean On Me" came from Bill Withers’s own childhood, in Slab Fork, West Virginia, where he experienced very poor living standards.
Withers wrote the song in Los Angeles, as reminiscence from the previous strong community ethic, which he missed.
"Lean On Me" was recorded in 1971 and belongs to the soul genre. It runs for a total duration of 4:17 minutes.
The songs has beautiful adapted sheet music for piano which you can find below. You can download the free piano sheet music of Lean on Me by Bill Withers as PDF files.
The single is part of Bill Withers’ album, "Still Bill".
"Lean On Me" received numerous positive reviews from the music critics and also a positive feedback from the public. It turned into a great commercial success, topping both the Billboard Hot 100 chart and the Soul Singles chart.
It is the only single to have ever been number one on both of these charts. "Lean On Me" is placed at number 205 on "The 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time" list, made by the Rolling Stones magazine.
Another broken record achieved by the single is the fact that it is one of the few songs to have been a number one in two versions, made by two different artists.
Club Nouveau, an R&B group, made a cover of "Lean On Me" which stayed on the charts worldwide for various weeks. Another cover of the song was made by 2-4 Family, in 1999.
Throughout the time, it has been interpreted by many artists, such as: Michael Bolton, DC Talk, Mud, Bonnie Tyler, The Temptations, Al Jarreau and many others.
It is often played at charity events, such as at the 2010 Hope For Haiti earthquake relief telethon. The single was featured in the films "Dead Is Dead", "Lean On Me", "Muppets Tonight", "Martin", "The Simpson" and others. It was also performed by Mary J Blige at the "We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at The Lincoln Memorial".
"Lean On Me" has had a big impact on the industry, having been covered by such a big amount of artists, having been featured in numerous movies and nonetheless, having won Bill Withers a Grammy award.
Lean on Me piano sheets also had a good success throughout the piano players community. It has piano notes which are easily played by any piano player, experienced or beginner.
Enjoy the Lean on Me free piano sheet music by Bill Withers which you can download below as PDFs.