There are some songs that are just instant mood boosters. As soon as you hear the first note, the song transports you to the most sunshine-filled day. "Lovely Day" by Bill Withers is definitely a balm for the soul. Released in December of 1977, the R&B hit made it to #6 on the Billboard R&B chart and #30 on the Billboard Hot 100. Withers co-wrote it with Skip Scarborough and it remains one of pop music's most beloved blissful songs. The note that Withers sustains at the end of the song, 18 seconds, is the longest ever recorded for a Top 40 hit.
The song is simple in its approach. It has an uncomplicated melody, a catchy refrain and Withers' dulcet vocals. Songs like this epitomize the 70s, full of happiness and love. Pop culture always defines eras. The movies, television shows and music mirror the times. "Lovely Day" symbolizes the 70s, but it's eternal in its outlook.
About the Curator - Sonya Alexander
After graduating from UCLA, Sonya trained to be a talent agent. After realizing she belonged on the creative end, she started freelance writing, covering film festivals for Los Angeles local papers. She's written about film, video games, global affairs, wildlife conservation and, most recently, music. She specializes in classic rock, classic soul, blues, classic country, classical and world music and is tri-coastal, residing in Los Angeles, New York and New Orleans.