Lean On Me (Warner Brothers, 1987)
Lean On Me was written by American singer-songwriter Bill Withers in April 1972. It was his debut single off his second album, Still Bill. Lean On Me was his first and only #1 single on both the pop and soul charts in the U.S. Over the years it has been covered numerous times by a variety of different artists. It is only one of nine songs to have reached the top spot in the U.S. with versions recorded by two different artists.
In 1987 R&B group Club Nouveau covered Lean On Me and went to number one for two weeks. (It also topped the dance chart.) It also won Withers a Grammy Award in 1987 for Best R&B song because he wrote it. In addition to the American chart, Club Nouveau hit #1 in Canada and New Zealand. It was their third single off their debut album, Life, Love & Pain. Club Nouveau’s last chart appearance was with their follow up single, Why You Treat Me So Bad which peaked at #39. They never hit the U.S. pop chart again, despite releasing four more albums.