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    Bill Anderson

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    Most Popular Songs (more)

    1Together We're One lyrics
    2Wish You Were Here lyrics
    3Don't Let It Happen Without Me lyrics
    4Feel Free to Go lyrics
    5Country Music in My Soul lyrics
    6I'll Live for You lyrics
    7Drinking from My Saucers lyrics
    8Guitar Rag lyrics
    9You Can Change My World lyrics
    10Announcement 8 lyrics

    Most Popular Albums (more)

    1Greatest Hits [Decca] [1967]
    2Bill Anderson Sings [Decca] [1964]
    3I Love You Drops [Decca] [1966]
    4From This Pen [Decca] [1965]
    5Bill Anderson Showcase [Decca] [1964]
    6Country Heart Songs [Decca] [1962]
    7Bright Lights and Country Music [Decca] [1965]
    8Get While the Gettin's Good [Decca] [1967]
    9Bill Anderson Presents the Po' Boys [Decca] [1966]
    10Still [Decca] [1963]


    There's an old saying:
    "If you want someone's attention, whisper."

    Bill Anderson has been using that philosophy for over forty
    years to capture the attention of millions of country music
    fans around the world, en route to becoming a member of the
    Country Music Hall of Fame and one of the most popular,
    most enduring entertainers of our time.

    He's known, in fact as "Whispering Bill," a nickname hung
    on him years ago as a result of his breathy voice and his
    warm, soft approach to singing a country song. His
    credentials, however, shout his prominence: One of the most
    awarded songwriters in the history of country music, a
    million selling recording artist many times over, television
    game show host, network soap opera star, spokesman for a
    nationwide restaurant chain, and a consummate onstage
    performer. His back-up group, The Po' Folks Band, has long
    been considered one of the finest instrumental and vocal
    groups in the business.

    Bill Anderson was born in Columbia, South Carolina, but
    spent most of his growing-up years around Atlanta, Georgia.
    He graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in
    journalism, having worked his way through college as a disc
    jockey on nearby radio stations. It was while he was still in
    school that he began performing and writing songs. At the
    age of nineteen he composed the country classic, "City
    Lights," and began rapidly carving his place in musical

    He moved to Nashville, Tennessee, secured a recording
    contract with Decca Records, and began turning out hit after
    hit with songs like "Po'Folks," "Mama Sang A Song," "The
    Tips Of My Fingers," "8X10," and the unforgettable country
    and pop smash, "Still." His compositions were recorded by
    such diverse musical talents as Ray Price, Porter Wagoner,
    Debbie Reynolds, Ivory Joe Hunter, Kitty Wells, Faron Young,
    Lawrence Welk, Dean Martin, Jerry Lee Lewis, Aretha
    Franklin, Walter Brennan and many others.

    Bill has been voted Songwriter Of The Year six times, Male
    Vocalist Of The Year, half of the Duet Of The Year with both
    Jan Howard and Mary Lou Turner, has hosted and starred in
    the Country Music Television Series Of The Year, seen his
    band voted Band Of The Year, and in 1975 was voted
    membership in the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Ten
    years later, the State of Georgia honored him by choosing
    him as only the 7th living performer inducted into the
    Georgia Music Hall of Fame. In 1993, he was made a
    member of the Georgia Broadcasters' Hall of Fame. In 1994,
    South Carolina inducted him into their Music and
    Entertainment Hall of Fame. And in 2001, he received the
    ultimate honor, membership in Nashville's prestigious
    Country Music Hall of Fame.

    An entertainer in every sense of the word, Bill Anderson
    was the first country artist to host a network game show,
    starring on ABC-TV's, "The Better Sex." He also appeared for
    three years on ABC's Daytime soap opera, "One Life To Live."

    For six years he hosted a country music game show on The
    Nashville Network called, "Fandango," later an interview
    show called "Opry Backstage," and somehow found time to
    be co-producer of another TNN Show called, "You Can Be A
    Star." In addition, Bill has appeared frequently as a guest
    star on television's top variety and game shows, including
    The Tonight Show, The Today Show, Match Game, Family
    Feud, Hee Haw and others.

    Bill Anderson's autobiography, "Whisperin' Bill," was
    published by Longstreet Press in 1989 and relates the
    fascinating details of his life and lengthy career in show
    business. The book, which Bill personally wrote over a period
    of three years, made bestseller lists all across the south.
    Bill's second book, a humorous look at the music business
    titled, "I Hope You're Living As High On The Hog As The Pig
    You Turned Out To Be," was published in 1993 and is
    currently in it's third printing.

    Bill Anderson continues to paint a broad stroke across the
    Nashville music scene. He has been a member of the Grand
    Ole Opry since 1961 and performs there regularly. In 2000,
    his latest album, "A Lot Of Things Different," received rave
    reviews. Each song on the album was written, or co-written,
    by Anderson. His 1998 release, Fine Wine, was produced by
    Steve Wariner and released on Warner Brothers'
    Reprise/Nashville label. Bill Anderson's Greatest Hits Volume
    I & II have been released on Varese-Sarabande Records
    along with The Best Of Bill Anderson on Curb.

    Despite his hectic schedule and the demands of his multi-
    faceted business enterprises, Bill has made a renewed
    commitment to his first love – songwriting. "I feel like I've
    come full-circle," he smiles, because songwriting is what got
    me to Nashville in the first place." In 1995, Billboard
    magazine named four Bill Anderson compositions – "City
    Lights," "Once A Day," "Still," and "Mama Sang A Song" –
    among the Top 20 Country Songs of the past 35-years. No
    other songwriter had as many songs listed. Anderson began
    1999 with a pair of #1 hits, "Wish You Were Here," by Mark
    Wills and the Grammy nominated "Two Teardrops" by Steve
    Wariner. His song, "Too Country," recorded by Brad Paisley
    along with Anderson, Buck Owens and George Jones, won
    CMA Vocal Event Of The Year honors for 2001. The following
    year saw Kenny Chesney soar with his version of the
    Anderson-Dean Dillon masterpiece, "A Lot Of Things
    Different," and in 2004 Brad Paisley & Alison Krauss scored
    big with his and Jon Randall's poignant "Whiskey Lullaby". In
    November 2002, BMI named Anderson its first country
    songwriting Icon, placing him alongside R&B legends Little
    Richard, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, and James Brown as the
    only recipients of that prestigious award. His compositions
    can be heard on recent or forthcoming releases by Vince Gill,
    Lorrie Morgan, John Michael Montgomery, Sara Evans, Tracy
    Byrd, and others, serving notice that the first forty years
    were only the beginning.

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