William "Salty Bill" Salter is a native born son of Harlem NY, USA. He is known as one of New York City's top bassists and a two time Grammy Award winning songwriter, composer, producer, singer and music publisher. He studied music at New York City's prestigious High School of the Performing Arts and went on to have a career that encompasses virtually every arena of music.
“A long time ago” is not relevant in Bill’s life. Just listen to Tony Bennett or Amy Weinhouse singing “Mr. Magic”, or the Will Smith remake of “Just the Two of Us”. Bill’s music is so much like him -touching, relevant, current and eternal!
And now, at the tender age of 80 years young he is back in the studio with new talent that he has fostered. Bill’s demeanor of the quiet driving creative force is about to make a lot of noise.
The great Harry Belafonte was another monumental artist that Bill Salter toured with. This is where he met the arranger William Eaton, and percussionist Ralph MacDonald who would later become his partners in songwriting and music publishing. Collectively they set up shop as Antisia Music.
Since the late 1960's Bill had teamed up with Ralph MacDonald. As partners they have placed hundreds of songs with the best recording artists in the music business, including "When You Smile", which was a huge hit for Shirley Bassey, "Mr. Magic" for Grover Washington, Jr. and "Tradewinds" which has been recorded by a multitude of recording artists including The Winans, Rod Stewart and Lou Rawls.
In the 60's - Salter had the privilege of working closely with Miriam Makeba aka "Mama Africa," the first musical artist to popularize African music worldwide, as her bass player and then as her music composer. At that time, traveling throughout the United States, Europe and Africa performing this great music was a profound experience that would inspire him to take his songwriting seriously. Ms. Makeba recorded many of his songs, and was noted for her signature performance of his classic composition, "When I've Passed On."
His first professional job began as a bassist at the age of seventeen with Pete Seeger, one of the most popular folk singers of all time. He later played with other great notable artists as Herbie Mann, Mary Lou Williams, Leon Thomas, Horace Silver, Josh White, Nancy Wilson, Carmen McRae, Pucho and the Latin Soul.., and Oscar Brown, Jr. to name a few. Bill also played in several Broadway Musicals as "Ain't Supposed To Die A Natural Death", "Don't Play US Cheap", and "Raisin In the Sun."
Bill had a very successful run in the 70's working with the very best in the music business, and the partners had their first smash hit with the release of the classic tune, "Where Is The Love," which Roberta Flack recorded with the late Donny Hathaway to great critical acclaim. The single release achieved both Grammy and Platinum status.
In 1982, Bill Salter, along with Bill Withers and MacDonald won a Grammy award for Best R&B Song with "Just The Two Of Us" performed by Grover Washington Jr. and Bill Withers.
Today Salter is in the studio working on new songs and records with The Bill Salter Experience.
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