"The fact that she threw me out there and people have started grabbing on to it, it has blown me away" said Salter.
The Harlem native is the songwriter and musician behind the Bill Withers classic "Just the Two of Us." When the song found new life as a trend on Tik Tok, Jada Salter, 24, saw it as an opportunity to let the world know where it came from.
"I did a little video and I just kept showing 'oh this is my grandfather, he wrote the song,' and I was showing family pictures of us, and old pictures of him and I did not expect it to go viral overnight," said Jada. "I was shocked."
But it did, with hundreds of thousands of comments, likes and shares. The college senior is proud to brag on her grandfather, which she's been doing ever since she was eight years old and was surprised to find out his connection to the Will Smith cover she loved in the nineties.
"He's like 'yeah I originally wrote this song' and I was like 'what?!'" she remembered. "So, I was just like, wow for somebody like Will Smith, the Fresh Prince of Bel Air, to be covering this song, he must be big."
Now, she's hoping to make a documentary on Salters' career and his work penning other hits like the Donny Hathaway and Roberta Flack classic "Where is the Love."
"He's written this song and it's timeless, people are still listening to it today so I feel like it's really important for people to know who wrote that who is behind it."
For his part, William Salter is still writing songs everyday and happy that people still appreciate his work all these years later.
BROOKFIELD, Wis.— A Wisconsin couple is taking to the big stage on "Shark Tank" this week.
An average morning for entrepreneur couple, Matt Mundt and Angie Cupper is spent making coffee and getting ready for their workday. The pair created a unique product based on one of their own needs
“I’ve always been a life-long, troubled sleeper ever since I was a child. Just difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep. Because of that, I have always been on the lookout for tips and tricks to improve my quality of sleep,” Hug Sleep Co-Founder, Mundt says.
Mundt is an MSOE grad and has a background in engineering and product design. He came up with a new product called the Sleep Pod to help solve his own sleeping issue.
“Sleep Pod is what our customers lovingly refer to as essentially an adult swaddle. You can think of it as this undersized sleeping bag made from this really specialized four-way stretch material. So when you get inside the fabric wants to stretch and then it wants to compress,” Mundt says.
Mundt says the goal is to create a comforting and calming feeling while you are sleeping or watching TV.
But this product didn’t make it to the next level of appearing on "Shark Tank" without some struggle.
“In February of this year like millions of Americans, I lost my job due to COVID.“In February of this year like millions of Americans, I lost my job due to COVID. After the initial shock and disappointment I decided to fully dedicate my time and effort to this product,” Mundt says.
He poured hours of hard work and dedication int his start-up company. It just began selling products back in March 2019, which is what led them to the tank, pitching their product to moguls over the summer.
“I think when we were in the tank we experienced every emotion possibly. From shock and horror to anxiety and disbelief and excitement, there have been a lot of emotions throughout the process,” co-founder Cupper says.
After holding the secret in for months, the Sleep Pod couple will get to share all the details after their pitch airs on Friday night on "Shark Tank."
PALM SPRINGS (CNS) — Singer-guitarist Trini Lopez, known for such hits as "If I Had a Hammer" and "Lemon Tree" and for appearing in the 1967 war film The Dirty Dozen, died Tuesday of COVID-19 complications. He was 83.
Lopez, who also designed Gibson guitars, died Tuesday morning at a hospital in Palm Springs, where he had lived since the 1960s, his songwriting and business partner Joe Chavira told The Hollywood Reporter.
Born Trinidad Lopez III, the son of Mexican immigrants grew up in Dallas, Texas. He formed his first band in the late 1950s at the age of 15. In 1958, his group, the Big Beats, signed with Columbia Records after recording with Buddy Holly producer Norman Petty in New Mexico. Lopez soon left the group to pursue a solo career, and signed with King Records in 1959.
After his King Records contract expired in 1962, and without any other offers, Lopez landed a steady gig playing at the nightclub PJ's in Los Angeles, where Frank Sinatra discovered him in 1963 and signed the singer to his Reprise Records label.
Soon after, Lopez released his version of "If I Had a Hammer," which hit number one in 36 countries.
In a 2017 interview with Palm Springs Life magazine, Lopez recalled his relationship with Sinatra.
"Frank Sinatra was my mentor," he told the magazine. "He was like my dad."
Lopez would record more than five dozen albums and was a frequent headliner in Las Vegas. His other popular songs included "Sally Was a good Old Girl" and a traditional Mexican rendition of "La Bamba."
In addition to The Dirty Dozen, where he played a convict named Pedro Jimenez in the classic war film whose cast included Ernest Borgnine, Charles Bronson and Donald Sutherland, he appeared in "Marriage on the Rocks" and had cameos in several other movies.
Singer-actor Pat Boone released a statement calling Lopez "a great guy and wonderful friend."
"We played in celebrity tennis tournaments and laughed and sang. We both knew we were blessed to make a good living doing what we loved - making others happy!"
A documentary about the entertainer's life, titled My Name Is Lopez, is near completion.