American singer-songwriter known for songs such as "Ain't No Sunshine," "Lean on Me," "Lovely Day," and "Just the Two of Us." He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015.
He served nine years in the United States Navy.
He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2005, and in 2007, his song "Lean on Me" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
He married second wife Marcia Johnson in 1976. The couple had two children together.
He performed in concert with Etta James.