Songwriter, guitarist and actor Norman Saleet wrote the number 1 hit "Here I am" for Air Supply in 1981. He also wrote for Selena the song "Where Did The Feeling Go?" A songwriter for over 20 years Saleet has written songs for Johnny Mathis, Art Garfunkel, Bobby Vinton, Debbie Boone, Barry White, and more. He also released a solo album entitled "Norman Saleet" on RCA in 1982.
Norman Saleet is also an actor. On television he has appeared on the Untold Stories of the ER as Dr. Grant, the Young and the Restless, Happy Days, and Pacific Blue. His movie roles include The Loser and Undercover Heat. He has starred in two national commercials, "Blue Shield" & "American Cancer Society". He also goes under the stage name of Norman Scott Parish.
From Good Family in Butler to Hollywood
Born Norman Salitt in Butler, Pa he began playing guitar at age 15. With his brother Michael Jr. he formed the band Good Family in 1973. They they spent four years playing Top 40 covers at bars and Holiday Inns in the Pittsburgh area. Norman and his brother also owned a stereo store in downtown Butler. Norman sent demo tapes of the band to three agents in Los Angeles that he found in the phone book. One of the agents called saying he could get them a record contract. The Good Family band packed up and moved to L.A. The band worked in L.A. for three years before breaking up.
Norman stayed in L.A. and began working as a song writer. An independent record producer, Ted Glasser, shopped Norman's original songs to established artists. In few short months Andy Williams, Pia Zadora, John Davidson and Vicki Lawrence had recorded Norman's music. Winning the grand prize in the Top 40 category in the American Song Festival in 1978 for the song "Magic in the Air" opened doors for Norman. He signed with Portrait Records and recorded three singles. While that was happening Art Garfunkle, Debbie Boone, Andy Gibb, Barry White, and Bobby Vinton recorded more of Norman's songs. Norman sent a demo of his song "Here I Am' to Clive Davis as song for Barry Manilow. Davis instead gave to the song to Air Supply.
With his song writing successes RCA Records signed Norman for a solo album deal in 1980. The president of RCA, Jack Crago, had been one of the judges at the American Music Festival.
Norman currently resides in Southern California.
Home town still a high note in songwriter's life -by Jerry Roberts Pittsburgh Post Gazette March 25, 1982