Ain't No Sunshine

"Ain't No Sunshine" was released as a single in 1971, becoming a breakthrough hit for Withers, reaching number six on the U.S. R&B Chart and number three on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Billboard ranked it as the No. 23 song for 1971.


Ain't No Sunshine (WORD)
Ain't No Sunshine (PDF)

You can play along with Bill Withers! I've put in bar lines in the "I know" section to try to help know how many there are LOL - but the leader will ultimately make the decision to move on. Follow the leader!

Possible ways of strumming:

  • form your chord shape, then pluck the 4th string by itself and then pluck the 3rd, 2nd, and 1st string at the same time - we'll demonstrate at the jam.
  • Or you can strum it similar to the ukulele video below!

"Ain't No Sunshine" is a song by Bill Withers from his 1971 album Just As I Am, produced by Booker T. Jones. The record featured musicians Donald "Duck" Dunn on bass guitar, Al Jackson Jr. on drums and Stephen Stills on guitar. String arrangements were done by Booker T. Jones. The song was recorded in Memphis by engineer Terry Manning. The song reached the Top 40 again in 2009, when it was sung by Kris Allen in the eighth season of American Idol.

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