Thanks for checking out our November newsletter, and thanks so much for all the birthday cards, calls, Facebook posts and online greetings on November 1st. I read and appreciated every single one. With my birthday being on a Sunday, I didn’t expect nearly the number of texts and phone calls that I received, so it was a pleasant surprise. Thanks for them all.
Nobody over thirty relishes the thought of getting older, but I had a great day. All three of my children and six of my grandkids came over to my house for a weiner roast in the back yard and some outdoor family time on my deck. I couldn’t have asked for anything better.
October was quite the month as well with my getting to go back onstage at the Grand Ole Opry on the 17th and having a new single record released on the 30th. I wasn’t sure I could find my way back to the Opry House after having been away for seven months, but fortunately my car remembered how to get there. It was different with no one in the halls backstage and no socializing with the other acts on the show (the evening even started with my band members and I in separate dressing rooms), but it was still the Opry and good to be “back home.”
Quite a few of you have written and said some nice things about the new song I sang that night called, “Someday It’ll All Make Sense,” and I appreciate your kind words very much. The song seems to speak to folks in a personal way, just as it spoke to me when Bobby Tomberlin and Ryan Larkins and I were writing it. In answer to lots of your questions, yes I do plan to record it as soon as the studios open back up and I can safely get into one.
Beginning this week the Opry is resuming its regular two-hour shows on both Friday and Saturday nights with live audiences of approximately 1,000 people. I am scheduled to appear on Friday the 6th and Saturday the 14th and 21st. I hope lots of you will be tuned in.
Our new record, “It’s A Good Day To Have A Good Day,” has been released on all the modern day musical platforms, and I hope you’ll be checking it out soon. This is the song we were opening our road shows with last year, and right now just seemed like a good time to release a song with an upbeat, positive message. We have a lyric video in the works as well as a live video featuring all my band members that was filmed at the recording session back in February. Stay tuned for news as to when those will be available.
We also have some t-shirts, sweatshirts, coffee mugs, masks, socks, and smart phone covers in our online store, with the “It’s A Good Day To Have A Good Day” logo printed on them. Click on the Shop or Music sections of our website to see the different items and colors you can order. With what we’ve been through this year, we need some good days, and I you’ll help us spread that message.
Speaking of spreading a message, let me call your attention to the new Bill’s Journal post which went online today. If you’re looking for a special Christmas or birthday gift for a country music fan, go to Bill’s Journal and check out what we are offering. I think you might find it interesting.
Sadly, we had to say goodbye to some more members of our country music family last month with the passing of the great Texas singer, Johnny Bush, and former Opry member, Margie Bowes. Johnny recorded one of the great versions of “City Lights” years ago, while Margie and I were tour mates on the first big package show tour I ever worked ‘way back in 1959. I’ll never forget the two of us driving Lonzo & Oscar’s big new Lincoln Town Car from Nashville to Des Moines to join the tour, and Margie’s midnight screams when I ran the car into an eight-point buck deer and killed him up in Montana a few nights later. Margie and Johnny, along with singer/songwriter, Billy Joe Shaver, who also passed away last week, will be missed.
Have a great November…a wonderful Thanksgiving no matter how or where you spend it…and we’ll see you back here in December. Stay well…stay safe…and thanks a BILL-ion for everything.
1) I have been a huge fan of yours for most of my 52 years. In all those years I have never recalled your coming to British Columbia, Canada. Don’t you like us?
Of course I like you, and I happen to think British Columbia is one of the most beautiful places on the planet. I even vacationed there once years ago. I have performed there several times, although not since 2003. Back in the sixties, I played several shows at the Queen Elizabeth Theater in Vancouver. I have also performed in Prince George, in Kamloops, in Victoria, and the last time with Kitty Wells in Vernon, B.C. I hope I get the chance to return to your wonderful province someday.
2. I was listening to satellite radio’s All Elvis channel recently, and I was wondering if you ever considered doing an All Bill Anderson program. You have written and recorded enough songs yourself along with so many other artists. Having you tell some of the stories would really be interesting.
Thank you. Sirius/XM has devoted several channels over the years to particular artists including Garth Brooks, Frank Sinatra, Jimmy Buffet, Billy Joel, and others. It might be fun to have a Bill Anderson channel, but nobody has approached me about it. Maybe somebody at headquarters will read this column and come up with the idea to try it.
3. I have a large record collection and have been going through and logging them. I wondered, “Does Bill have a record album collection? And is it large or just a few of your favorite artists?”
I had an extensive record collection at one time, but when I bought my radio station out in Utah years ago, I shipped most of my albums out there. The station’s record library was sorely lacking and they needed music to play. When I sold the station, I didn’t ask to get them back. These days I try to round up copies of all the albums that have songs of mine on them (mostly CD’s now), but I’m no longer a collector like I used to be.
Quickies: You and the band used to tape your TV show in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Do you remember what years that ran? The show itself ran from 1965 to 1974, but we only taped in Windsor in 1966 and 1967. I have a friend who co-wrote a big hit for Eddy Arnold some 50-years ago. When the song is played now do they still receive payments? Provided the copyright has not been allowed to expire, yes they do. Have you ever considered bringing back the game show you hosted called Fandango? I’d love to see it back or at least released on DVD. I don’t think the Fandango master tapes exist anymore. When TNN sold to CBS years ago, everything was transferred to New York and I’m told it was all destroyed in a fire. Sad but true. It tugs at my heart the way you talk about your kids and grandkids. Have you ever written a song about your feelings for them? No, but thank you. They are a very special part of my life, but I’m probably too close to them to write songs about them. Besides, I wouldn’t want to embarrass them.
Thanks for another month of great questions. If you’re curious about something connected to me or to the music business, let me know and I’ll try to satisfy your curiosity. Our address is email@example.com or P. O. Box 888, Hermitage, TN. 37076. See you back with more next month.
“How sweet it was to come down the straightaway on Briley Parkway the night of October 17th and see the big illuminated sign saying that Bill Anderson would be performing that night on the Grand Ole Opry! It had been seven months since I had walked out on that world-famous stage, and I couldn’t wait to get back. The night turned out to be everything I had hoped for. So did the night of my birthday a little over two weeks later. I celebrated outdoors at home with my three children (L. to R.) Jamey, Jenni, and Terri. My granddaughter, Sophie, has a November 5th birthday, and it’s been our tradition over the years to celebrate our big days together. This year we each had a cupcake with a single candle. It’s hard to believe she turned eleven years old and that she has been part of our family for almost ten of those amazing years. Having the chance to spend my birthday with the ones I love the most is a truly special gift. As I’ve said many times, I…among men…am most richly blessed.”