Bill Withers : Lovely Day
In the first week of November 1977, Bill Withers ascended the US album charts with Menagerie, his sixth studio album. Withers has always come across as the good friend trying to cheer up his listeners. The first two songs are exceptional. The lead track is the feel-good hit "Lovely Day" ( #1 in France, #7 in the U.K., #30 in the US). The second track is the sublime quiet storm "I Want To Spend the Night With You". Both were featured in Withers's 1980 greatest hits album which I bought in high school. Former pro football player Michael Strahan would crank "Lovely Day" in the dressing room before Live! With Kelly and Michael. Withers has also entered the disco age with "She Wants to ( Get on Down)". This would be his second gold album following Still Bill.