When Justin Timberlake heard the sad news of Bill Withers' passing on Friday (April 3), he shared a heartbroken tribute to the man he considers "one of my biggest idols." Little did Timberlake's fans know, one of his biggest hits is an homage to the legendary singer.
During an interview with SiriusXM Hits 1's The Morning Mash Up on Thursday morning (April 9), Timberlake talked about how Withers' "Lovely Day" was the sole inspiration for JT's Billboard Hot 100-topping Trolls smash "Can't Stop the Feeling!."
After reminding that he incorporated a snippet of "Lovely Day" in his 2017 Oscars performance of "Can't Stop the Feeling!" Timberlake said that when he was writing the song with Max Martin and Shellback several years ago, "I made it very widely known that that was the song that I was trying to... I was trying to capture a little bit of that actual feeling that that song made me feel as a little boy."