"Lovely Day" is a song by American soul and R&B singer Bill Withers. Published in 1977 (see 1977 in music), the song was written by Withers and Skip Scarborough and appears on Withers' 1978 album Menagerie.
Released as a single in late 1977, "Lovely Day" peaked at #6 on the Billboard R&B chart and at #30 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the US in early 1978. It also made the Top 10 in the United Kingdom, where the song reached #7 on the British single chart. Withers' version of "Lovely Day" has been re-released as a single in the United Kingdom at least twice since the song's first chart run; in 1987 the song charted again at #92, while a version credited as the "Sunshine Mix" made the British Top 10 in 1988, rising to #4. This remix was done by a Dutch DJ named Ben Liebrand. In 1997, song was used on the Tetley Tea Advert. It was also remixed by Canada's MC Mario from the original Sun Factory album back in 2000.
Producer Clarence McDonald also arranged the original 1977 version of the song and played keyboards. Guitars were played by Ray Parker, Jr., Jerry Knight played bass, and Russell Kunkel played drums.
Towards the end of the song, Withers holds a note for 18 seconds. This...