It was number one on the R&B chart. It was number one on the Billboard Hot 100. It’s one of the songs on the soundtrack to the decade that was the 90’s. And it has a surprising connection to West Virginia – specifically Raleigh County.

Take a listen to the start of the famous Blackstreet/Dr. Dre song:

Now listen to this song.

Blackstreet’s “No Diggity” samples West Virginia native Bill Withers’ “Grandma’s Hands.”

Withers was born in Slab Fork outside of Beckley. You may know some of his other hits: “Lean on Me,” “Just the Two of Us,” and “Ain’t No Sunshine.”

He. is. legendary.

And he loved his grandma. SongFacts.com says:

In the 2009 documentary Still Bill, Withers explains, “I learned how to really love somebody from just a nice old lady. My favorite thing that I’ve written has to be about this favorite old lady of mine.”

And that love starts one of the best songs of the 90’s. Go forth and be proud of our state.

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