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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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Selected Discography

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Track List: The First 10 Years: 1956-1966

Disc 1

2. Take Me

3. City Lights

4. No Song To Sing

6. The Thrill Of My Life

7. Ninety-Nine

9. It's Not The End Of Everything

10. Dead Or Alive

11. No Man's Land

12. The Tip Of My Fingers

13. Walk Out Backwards

14. Best Of Strangers

15. Flowing Waters And Shifting Sands

16. Goodbye Cruel World

17. Po' Folks

18. As Long As I Live

19. It Takes A Worried Man

20. City Lights

21. Columbus Stockade Blues

22. Mama Sang A Song

23. Wedding Bells

24. Yonder Comes A Sucker

25. Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain

26. On And On And On

27. Get A Little Dirt On Your Hands

28. Down Came The Rain

29. Still

30. You Made It Easy

31. I Wish It Was Mine

32. That's What It's Like To Be Lonesome

Disc 2

1. From A Jack To A King

2. Little Band Of Gold

3. Restless

4. Happiness

5. Reverend Mr. Black

6. It's Been So Long, Darlin'

7. Take These Chains From My Heart

8. Molly

9. 8 X 10

11. One Mile Over - Two Miles Back

12. Take Me Home

13. Candy Apple Red

15. Easy Come Easy Go

16. Five Little Fingers

17. Me

18. 500 Miles Away From Home

19. You Don't Have To Be A Baby To Cry

20. Abilene

21. Green, Green

27. 3 A.M.

Disc 3

3. Certain

4. I Love You Drops

12. Time Out

14. Bright Lights And Country Music

26. Golden Guitar

Disc 4

10. The Untouchables

25. The Cold Hard Facts Of Life

27. I Love You Drops

30. The Lord Knows I'm Drinkin'

31. Slippin' Away

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Track List: 20th Century Masters: Millennium Collection

1. The Tip Of My Fingers

2. Still

3. 8 X 10

4. I Get The Fever

6. My Life (Throw It Away If I Want To)

7. But You Know I Love You

8. Don't She Look Good

9. If You Can Live With It (I Can Live Without It)

10. The Corner Of My Life

11. World Of Make Believe

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Track List: The Definitive Collection

1. Tip Of My Fingers

2. Walk Out Backwards

3. Po' Folks

4. Mama Sang A Song

5. Still

6. 8 X 10

7. Five Little Fingers

8. I Get The Fever

10. Wild Week-End

11. Happy State Of Mind

12. My Life (Throw It Away If I Want To)

13. But You Know I Love You

14. Don't She Look Good

15. If You Can Live With It (I Can Live Without It)

16. Corner Of My Life

17. World Of Make Believe

19. Liars One, Believers Zero

20. I Can't Wait Any Longer

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Track List: The Old Rugged Cross

1. Farther Along

3. I Can Do Nothing Alone

4. I Saw The Light

5. Life's Railway To Heaven

6. Love Lifted Me

7. Softly And Tenderly

8. Sweet Hour Of Prayer

9. The Old Rugged Cross

10. Will The Circle Be Unbroken

11. Pass Me Not, Oh Gentle Savior

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Track List: The Way I Feel

1. It's Been A Good Week

2. The Way I Feel

3. Let It Go

4. What Drove Her Away

5. Him And Me

6. Chip Chip (featuring Rustie Blue)

7. Whiskey Lullaby (featuring Kenzie)

8. Gettin' Ready For You

9. Cold All The Time

10. God's Country

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Track List: Alot Of Things Different

1. Love Is A Fragile Thing

2. When A Man Can't Get A Woman Off His Mind

3. A Lot Of Things Different

4. Fine Line

5. When Two Worlds Collide

6. I Can't Find An Angel

7. Back When He Was Hungry

8. A Death In The Family

9. She's A Mistake I Made

10. Too Country

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Track List: Country Music Heaven

1. Drinking From My Saucer

2. The Touch Of The Master's Hand

3. I Said A Prayer For You Today

4. Friends

5. Ol' Doc Brown

6. Country Music Heaven

7. Footprints In The Sand

8. One Solitary Life

9. Trouble In The Amen Corner

10. The Farmer And The Lord

11. The Serenity Prayer

12. Whispering Hope

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intensetbug
How did i get this playing on edm hits?
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jimike58
Peanuts and Diamonds was one of my husband and my favorites before we got married. We loved it and still have a copy of it today
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I like peanuts and diamonds
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yotsu63
His mid-60s live version of Wild Weekend on YouTube is awesome!!
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My favorite, I could listen to all the time
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I see Bill in concert like almost every year for the last three years can't wait to see him again in October
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Glory, praise the Lord. I Saw the Light...how true!
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rgspops
What a soft voice!
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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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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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I just think his voice is the ALL time best!

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