Stevie Wonder participated in the featured broadcast of the live concert One World: Together At Home on Saturday evening.
As a nod to his friend and musical colleague, the legendary singer performed the late Bill Withers’ classic song, Lean On Me, before moving on to one of his own songs, Love’s In Need Of Love Today.
Event curator Lady Gaga kicked off with emotion interpretation of Nat King Cole’s classic Smile, before the reigns were thrown to Wonder.
Caption: Stevie Wonder, 69, participated in the One World: Together At Home concert which was broadcast on several networks and streaming services on Saturday
Sitting at his piano at home, Wonder first shared some thoughts on Withers, who died of heart complications on March 30 at the age of 81.
“In such trials, we have to rely on each other for help,” he started with obvious emotion.
“My friend, the late Bill Withers, has the perfect song for this, and I want us to remember him tonight.
Honoring: Sitting at his piano at home, Wonder first shared some thoughts on his late friend Bill Withers, before delivering an interpretation of his 1972 classic song, Lean On Me
Emotional moments: halfway through Lean On Me, Wonder rose to his tune, Love’s In Need Of Love Today
And that night, with people from around the world watching and in need of comfort in these uncertain times, the Michigan native gave a moving version of the timeless classic of 1972.
It turned out to be Withers’ first song to reach number one on the Top R & B / Hip-Hip Albums charts, and was later covered by a slew of other singers and artists over the decades.
The One World: Together At Home concert, which was hosted by late-night talk show stars Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Colbert, was broadcast on several networks and streaming services.
RIP: Bill Withers, who wrote the classic Lean On Me, died of heart complications on March 30 at the age of 81; he was shown in 1972, the year his song hit number one
Wonder and Withers were longtime friends and colleagues; they are photographed in April 2015
Gaga helped organize the event to help raise funds for the World Health Organization and Global Citizens.
The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish, Oprah Winfrey, Jennifer Lopez, Elton John and Alicia Keys, among others.
Last Check Concert Raised $ 50 Million, Says Billboard.
Make a difference: Lady Gaga, who also played, helped organize the global event to help raise funds for the World Health Organization and the citizens of the world