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Bill Anderson

One of the most successful songwriters in country music history, Bill Anderson was also a hugely popular singer in his own right, earning the nickname "Whispering Bill" for his gentle, airy vocal style and occasional spoken narrations. Anderson was born in Columbia, SC, in 1937 and grew up mostly in Atlanta. He studied journalism at the University of Georgia, with an eye toward sports writing, and worked his way through school as a radio DJ, during which time he first tried his hand at songwriting and singing. His composition "City Lights," written when he was just 19 years old, was recorded by Ray Price in 1958 and went all the way to the top of the country charts. Anderson took full advantage of his big break, moving to Nashville and landing a record contract of his own with Decca. His first chart hit came with 1959's "That's What It's Like to Be Lonesome," and he had his first Top Ten entry with 1960's "Tip of My Fingers." Early hits like "Po' Folks" (1961), "Mama Sang a Song" (his first number one, from 1962), and "8 X 10" (number two, 1963) still remain among his best-known. Anderson recorded his biggest hit and signature song, the partly spoken ballad "Still," in 1963, and it not only topped the country charts, but crossed over to the pop Top Ten as well.

Anderson remained a regular visitor to the country Top Ten through the late '70s, and reached the Top Five a total of 19 times through 1978. Among the highlights were the number ones "I Get the Fever" (1966), "For Loving You" (a 1967 duet with regular partner Jan Howard), "My Life (Throw It Away if I Want To)" (1969), "World of Make Believe" (1974), and "Sometimes" (1976). By that point, Anderson was working often with a new duet partner, Mary Lou Turner. He had also penned numerous hits for other artists, including Connie Smith, Hank Locklin, Porter Wagoner, Jim Reeves, and Faron Young, among many others. His final Top Ten country hit came with 1978's disco-tinged "I Can't Wait Any Longer," and by 1982, Anderson's inability to score a follow-up hit led him away from both songwriting and recording. Instead, he became a regular presence on television, hosting game shows (ABC's The Better Sex, TNN's Fandango) and spending several years in the cast of the soap opera One Life to Live; he also hosted the TNN talk show Opry Backstage.

When Steve Wariner hit the Top Five in 1992 with his cover of "Tip of My Fingers," Anderson was galvanized into a return to songwriting. He partnered with various Nashville pros and saw his songs new and old recorded by Kenny Chesney, Lorrie Morgan, Collin Raye, John Michael Montgomery, Mark Wills, Brad Paisley, Vince Gill, and many others. In 1998, Anderson returned to recording as well, signing with Reprise for one album Fine Wine. In 2001 Anderson moved to the Varese label and released A Lot of Things Different, which featured Anderson's version of the title track (a hit for Kenny Chesney). The Way I Feel followed four years later. ~ Steve Huey
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Love Bill can't wait to see him in concert
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AEKDB
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Love his voice. I could listen to Bill Anderson all the time. My mom also loves his voice and music.
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Good news!
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If you like country music that is wonderful. I have no criticism of the music or Bill Anderson. However they play this on my Cryan Shames station which Rock Pop Circa 1965-66. What does Bill Anderson's music have to with my radio station. I would say, absolutely nothing ! So why does Pandora play this music on my Rock stations? I think their computer algorythms need some major fixing.
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quiltingbeas t 6 1
whispering Bill could sing for me all day & all night. I would never get tired of this mans voice which comes from heaven above.....he is awesome !!!!!!!
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Praise the Lord!
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rebalparker
i think he is great singer and I like one of song the name of the song is still.
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Can't believe he is so great after all his heart ache
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bobjacobs90
When I think of Country Music I want Bill Anderson in the mix. I really mis
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iluv him still today
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shapesryry
I just love Bill Anderson music.
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Really enjoy listening to you sing, Bill.. Still is one of my favorites.
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takeitorleav e i t 9 2 0 6 5
bill anderson you are a great sing and have great song
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This is one person I never tire of listening to. I saw him and the Po' Folk sing live when I was a young girl,and I still love listening to him sing--especi a l l y the song "I love you drops".
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Whispering Bill is unique... You know it's him the second he begins to sing.
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50 years a grand old opry member congratulati o n s Bill and God bless.
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The best
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oreowally
love to listen to Bill Anderson. Has so many great songs.
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jean.allen19 5 2
Great singer
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jimidey
I Really like Bill Anderson Style and want to have more of his music.
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to listen to bill anderson the words are so real as life he is truly a ledjon
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mefarmer2
I'en joy Listening to Bill Anderson HE'S MY favorite Singer
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One, among my many favorites of gospel and country music singers.
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one of the best to hear when life lets u down

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I love all of his songs
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i truly love bill anderson and hearing his voice my thoughts go back to a sweeter time in my life.
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zidacowoman
Bill Anderson is too "COUNTRY" for this station.
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Bill Anderson is my favorite singer & song writer in the whole world. He is awsome, I have every record, tape, books, and CD's. I have traveled miles to see him. He is the greatest Kay
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sharons53
I just think his voice is the ALL time best!

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