From Lee Bailey's 2006 interview with Bill Withers, at EURweb.com:
"I'm not really famous. I can go out right now and you and me could walk around all over town and probably more people will know who you are than me. I get a lot of calls to find out if I died or not. I got a call earlier this month from Jesse Jackson—he wanted to know whether I died or not. He said his wife was walking around the house upset because she heard that I had died.... I'm used to it by now.
"I was at Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles—this is a true story—this was maybe within two years ago. There were some sisters sitting at the next table and they were talking about some 'Bill Withers song,' you know. So I thought I'd have some fun—I leaned over and said, 'You won't believe this, but I'm Bill Withers.' And this lady said, 'No you're not. Bill Withers is dark-skinned, darker than I am.' And she was a dark-skinned sister. So even if I'm standing there, people argue. So I just let it go."