“Lovely Day” is one of late American R&B and soul singer Bill Withers’ most well-known and well loved songs. “Lovely Day” is the opening track on Withers’ 1977 studio album, “Menagerie”. Sadly, on the 30th March 2020, Withers passed away from heart complications.
“Lovely Day” was written and produced by Withers, with co-songwriter on the track being Skip Scarborough, as well as co-producer Clarence McDonald. The track is about having a “lovely day” because Withers’ looks at his lover and states: “Just one look at you / And I know it’s gonna be / A lovely day”. “Lovely Day” is also well known due to note towards the end of song, that Withers holds for 18 seconds – which is one of the longest ever recorded in a song.
There is no official music video for “Lovely Day”, but the Bill Withers YouTube channel has an audio upload has 23 million views sine its upload in June 2015.
Release Date: 21st December 1977
Songwriter/s: Bill Withers & Skip Scarborough
Producer/s: Bill Withers & Clarence McDonald
Chart Rankings: “Lovely Day” reached many charts across the world within a year of its release, ranking #18 in Austria, #11 in Belgium, #23 and #44 in various charts in Canada, #1 in France, #4 in the Netherlands, #7 in the UK, and #30, #6, #25 and #23 on different US charts.
The lyrics to “Lovely Day” can be viewed here: LINK