Fifteen years ago, R & B stylist Bill Withers had the biggest hit of his pop career with "Lean on Me," which spent three weeks at No. 1 in the spring of 1972.
Now Withers is back in the news again, because that little song he wrote has just become only the fifth in chart history to hit No. 1 twice. (The last one to do it: "Venus," by Bananarama in 1986 and Shocking Blue in 1969.)
"Lean on Me" also is the first big success for the California group Club Nouveau, which avoided the usual "remake formula" (adding a synthesized dance track) and instead updated Withers' song by emphasizing its reggae beat.