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Bill Anderson has been using that philosophy for over fifty 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 history.

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, James Brown, 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. For seven years he hosted the acclaimed “Bill Anderson Visits With The Legends” show on XM satellite radio.

Bill Anderson’s first autobiography, “Whisperin’ Bill,” was published in 1989 and 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 its tenth printing. His most recent literary effort, to be published in the fall of 2016, is an updated autobiography written with noted Nashville journalist, Peter Cooper, titled “Whisperin’ Bill Anderson – An Unprecedented Life In Country Music.” It will be available in both print and audio formats.

Since 1997, Bill has also hosted the highly-rated television series on RFD-TV, “Country’s Family Reunion,” a show where legendary country stars sit alongside both their peers and newcomers to the industry, singing their songs and swapping their stories.

In the mid-nineties, after a ten-year self-imposed hiatus, Bill returned to his first love, songwriting, and for the second time in his life cut a wide path across the creative landscape. He co-wrote giant hits for Vince Gill (“Which Bridge To Cross – Which Bridge To Burn”), Steve Wariner (“Two Teardrops”), Mark Wills (“Wish You Were Here”), Joe Nichols (“I’ll Wait For You”), and Kenny Chesney (“A Lot Of Things Different”). He won Song Of The Year honors in both 2005 and 2007 for helping to write “Whiskey Lullaby” for Brad Paisley and Allison Krauss and “Give It Away” for George Strait. He also won a Dove award for co-writing the Country/Gospel Recorded Song of the Year, “Jonah, Job, and Moses” for the Oak Ridge Boys, plus the CMA Vocal Event of the Year, “Too Country,” recorded by Brad Paisley, George Jones, Buck Owens, and Bill himself.  Both “Give It Away” and “Two Teardrops” afforded Anderson Grammy nominations.

In 2002, Broadcast Music, Inc. named Anderson its first country music 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. In 2008, the Academy of Country Music honored him with their inaugural Poets Award.

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. He continues to tour and to record, his latest releases being the self-descriptive, “Songwriter” and the critically acclaimed “Life.”  In addition, Bear Family Records has released Bill’s first box set, “Bill Anderson – The First Ten Years,” a 126-song collection of works initially released between 1956 and 1966. The 4-disc package is accompanied by a 64-page hard-cover book full of stories and timeless photographs.

On the personal side, Bill lives on Old Hickory Lake outside Nashville where he spends as much time as possible with his three children and eight grandchildren. He is a boater and sports enthusiast who has been known to adjust his work schedule to fit around a ball game he just “has to see.” He is an avid reader, his bookshelves lined with mysteries, biographies, books on religion, sports, and humor.

View Bill’s full discography here.

 

 

 

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41 Comments

  1. Barbara Schlocker
    January 16, 2014 @ 10:20 pm

    Yeah Bill is coming to Montana – we here in Malta about 135 miles north of Lewistown are so excited – we will be THERE!

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  2. Bill
    February 9, 2014 @ 4:41 am

    Looking forward to seeing Bill at the Grand Old Opry in February

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  3. Betsy Conner
    February 24, 2014 @ 3:12 am

    Bill, we love Family Reunion and your appearances on the Diner. I so appreciate your fantastic song writing ability. Such wit, and yet deep feelings in the various songs you have written. We hope we will be seeing many more Country Family Reunion shows. Like to see more of the Generations. You are wonderful at everything you have done in your career: songwriting, singing, hosting, etc. What a marvelous talent God has given to such a genuinely nice man. Just watched the Diner w/ you as guest. Cannot wait to hear your new CD LIFE.

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  4. J Reese
    March 8, 2014 @ 11:04 pm

    I’ve seen Bill twice & he has a Great Show!

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  5. Joan Monti
    March 31, 2014 @ 8:24 pm

    what!!!no dates in New York State.Honest, we do have summer up here or you can ride the snow machine Al Dufrane gave you..ha ha

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  6. Don Butler
    April 13, 2014 @ 3:38 pm

    What song of Bill’s did Walter Brennan record?

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  7. Margie Lewis
    May 25, 2014 @ 4:44 pm

    Bill was in Edmonton, on May 23, 24. WHAT a show love you Bill

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  8. John G Kines, Jr.
    June 2, 2014 @ 1:46 am

    Bill Anderson is a true Country legend! He is one of the greatest songwriters ever to come to Nashville. Also, Bill Anderson is a great commentator and host for the Country Music industry.

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  9. Linda Wooters
    June 14, 2014 @ 10:24 pm

    You have no idea how EXCITED I was to get my picture with you last night at the Arlington Music Hall in Arlington, TX. Your show was GREAT and you look absolutely WONDERFUL. I couldn’t even get but two words out, and I so wanted to tell you what it meant to hear An Old Army Hat, and Still. It is great to see you on Country Family Reunion. Oh please, keep doing that show. I lost my only son tragically 9 months ago and getting away for a few hours to shows like yours brightens my spirits. Singing and clapping to your gospel song made me feel like I too was on Country Family Reunion. Grief Share tells me we need to turn Mourning into Joy. I am listening to your CD and can’t wait to read your book. God Bless You for coming to Arlington, and may he give you the words for many, many more terrific songs. Your tour bus is beautiful also. Safe travels to you Bill. Come back to Texas anytime. 🙂

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  10. Hattie Sue
    June 22, 2014 @ 5:02 am

    what a great song writer, he writes songs about real people , songs most can relate to, keep up the great writing

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  11. June McCarty ( Little June )
    July 30, 2014 @ 4:04 pm

    Bill when will the continued Bio be published. Thanks June

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  12. Linda Holmes
    August 17, 2014 @ 11:25 pm

    Saw Bill and his fabulous band at South Mountain Fair this afternoon. Amazingly talented man. Thrilled to have had the opportunity,

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  13. Bobby Watkins
    August 25, 2014 @ 2:41 pm

    Enjoyed your show at the Smokey Mountains Song Writers Festival. Bought your book “Hope You’re Living As High On the Hog As the Pig You Turned Out to Be”
    Just finished enjoyed that also.

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  14. Patsy
    August 30, 2014 @ 10:06 pm

    Hey Guy, any chance you will ever come to “Almost Heaven” West Virginia. We are also close to the Kennedy Center in DC. That makes for a great concert hall. Love your musisc “Allmost” as much as we love you. Girlie

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  15. Billie James
    September 10, 2014 @ 5:26 pm

    Bill I so enjoy watching you on Country’s family reunion. Sad to say my cable company dropped RFD Mon. the 7th.I am so sad! Ilved watching Larry Black on Larry’s country dinner. I am 78yrs. old and can’t get around very good anymore ,So my CHANNEL probably
    means a little more to me than to others. I have bought a lot of the series’ you’ve made. So I will enjoy them. Thank you for all the time you have given to people like me. Take care
    Billie James
    Meridian, Idaho

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  16. sandy douvia
    September 18, 2014 @ 4:59 pm

    Bill I love some of the younger Country Artist.But I’m so frustrated that they don’t hardly play the Legends like you on the Radio any more.I’m setting out on FB to let them know that I want real Traditional Country music back on Radio.If it wasn’t for the Legends we would have enjoyed all this wonderful music over the yrs.
    I know I’m sixty one but I have been following your career and George Jones and Merle Haggard and Waylon and a lot of them like Johnny Cash and the ones on your show for fifty yrs.I want to keep that kind of music going.I’m so grateful for all the Legends that are on your show for all the wonderful memories they have given us.And they deserve more Respect than this.I think you should be given your Roses now not after your Dead.So when you see all the stars tell them that at least Sandy Douvia is very greatful for all the memories I’ve been given.ALL OF YOU ARE TRUE LEGENDS TO ME.AND THANK YOU FOR THE MEMORIES.GOD BLESS YOU ALL FOR THE MANY HRS YOU SPENT ON THE ROAD TO BRING US HAPPINESS.I LOVE YOU ALL.

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  17. Janice Reitz
    September 19, 2014 @ 1:10 am

    Can’t wait for the cruise!

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  18. Linda Wooters
    September 25, 2014 @ 7:34 pm

    I couldn’t have said it better myself. Thank you Bill for really caring about your fans, and for giving us such heartfelt music all these years. We love you, and wish you the very best today and always. Keep entertaining and keep smiling that beautiful smile. May God Bless You Real Good. Linda Wooters Denton, TX

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  19. Ruth Shy
    September 28, 2014 @ 5:10 am

    Bill I would give anything if you could come to Michigan to the Sanring Eagle Mt ,I would love to see you,,love ya Bill

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  20. Don Bloedorn
    November 30, 2014 @ 3:59 pm

    Saw Bill at the orange bloosom opry last nite. Thanks to Lee he took a message to Bill . I had a picture signed by him on our 33 wedding anniversary and last nite he signed one for our 51st THANK YOU

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  21. Sharon (Russell) Prevo
    December 2, 2014 @ 4:13 am

    Bill, I thank you so very much for coming to the Orange Blossom Opry I have enjoyed you for many years. I was with Betty Baab. Wish we could have talked longer. The soldiers hat really got to me. I had an Uncle that was a prisoner of war from almost where you live now. Betty and I hope to see you When you get close enough again.God bless and keep you going strong.

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  22. Alice Richter
    February 1, 2015 @ 6:51 pm

    I was wondering why Cliff Price, Ray Price son wasn’t on the show in memory of Ray Price? They sang very nice together.

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  23. Phyllis Lyddane
    February 25, 2015 @ 8:39 pm

    We REALLY enjoy “COUNTRYS FAMILY REUNION” It is just not long enough!!
    Have you ever been married, if so, do you have children?

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  24. Abbie Hull
    March 5, 2015 @ 9:46 am

    Love your songs and what a treat to see you live at the Grand Old Oprey :years ago that was a great experience and to take the backstage tour and actually stand in the famous wooden circle on the stage a fond memory to last a lifetime thanks for your wonderful music Abbie in Calif

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  25. Ruth Shy
    March 11, 2015 @ 3:38 pm

    Yes I would like to know about Ray Price son to that would of been nice to see him on there.

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  26. Ruth Shy
    March 14, 2015 @ 1:17 am

    Fri March 13th I just saw the family reunion show honky tonks ,and didnt see Jim Ed Brown up there, I thouht he would of done a song but is he
    still to sick ??

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  27. doris
    April 20, 2015 @ 1:25 am

    Bill, don’t know if you remember or not ,back in 68 or 69 wyoming at a club l was
    The girl in the red dress, you came over and ask me to dance a couple of times, sure was fun
    your not only a good singer but you can dance very well to. Thanks for the memory’s

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  28. RACHEL HARRIS
    June 28, 2015 @ 6:06 am

    BILL,I HAVE SEEN YOU IN CONCERTS IN GREENVILLE,S.C. MANY TIMES.YOU STILL MEAN A LOT TO ME.YOU CAN STILL SING JUST AS GOOD.I WOULDN’T TAKE ANY THING FOR THE TIMES I DID SEE YOU.MY HUSBAND OF 52 YEARS IS FROM GA.WE STILL OUR COUNTRY MUSIC AND GOSPEL MUSIC.I HOPE YOU LIVE TO BE 100 YEARS OLD.YOU STILL LOOK AS GOOD AS YOU EVER DID.

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  29. Cindy Jones
    July 19, 2015 @ 3:58 am

    Bill. we saw you tonight in Crossville,TN It was a fantastic show and didn’t know you had a great sense of humor. Love it and we love you. Cindy Jones

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  30. Sandi Johnson Hladkyj
    July 29, 2015 @ 10:38 pm

    Going back to the ’60’s and the Flame in Mpls. I had, and still have, a picture with you. Love your songs/music and just checked today I have 6? of your albums. You will always be my fav of country music!!!! Would love to see you live again someday. I missed you when you were at the Lac Courte Orielles Casino in Hayward Wisconsin more than a few years ago!!!!!

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  31. ️Alice Hammind
    September 5, 2015 @ 1:37 am

    We have been on the Larry’s County Diners cruise twice and will be going again Jan 2015. A little disappointed that you will not be with them. Want be the same. Enjoy your music.

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  32. Helena
    October 11, 2015 @ 12:31 am

    Bill Anderson is a really great Country Singer, Song Writer and I and My husband love everything he is in and does. God Bless!!!

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  33. Dortha Tackett
    November 8, 2015 @ 5:58 am

    I am setting here listening to a TRIBUTE TO BILL ANDERSON; He ts still as good as ever. My favorite all time recording is STILL. i GET TO LEARN MORE ABOUT all of the sihgers and their music. WHEN MAMA SANG A SONG is like a prayer to me.

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  34. Mary
    December 5, 2015 @ 6:05 pm

    Bill do you plan on touring Okla anytime in the future? Who is the woman in the clip Thanks to you I thought maybe it was your wife but this said you wasn’t married at this time.May I ask what your other children s names are after Jamie?God Bless and have a Blessed and happy Christmas.

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  35. ROBERT (B0B) BARNES
    January 20, 2016 @ 2:16 am

    Is there any way I can get an address for you. I would like to send you some old material. Not any song material.I was a square dance caller for 48 years and followed you in many venues.

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  36. Frances Spain
    March 2, 2016 @ 10:49 pm

    I have a guy on Facebook that says he is Bill Anderson and wants to be my friend and talks to me almost everyday. I don’t think Bill would be doing this on Facebook, I think it someone trying to impersonate him. If I was for sure it was “Bill Anderson”, I would be in heaven, because I love to to watch him on Family Reunion every Friday night. Please give me a heads-up. Thanks.

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      March 2, 2016 @ 11:48 pm

      please send us the URL of the page it sends you to so we can have it removed. Thank you!

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  37. Nila Chudzinski
    April 5, 2016 @ 5:48 pm

    I saw Bill once put on a fantastic show

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  38. carol ferguson
    April 7, 2016 @ 11:53 pm

    neen trying to contact your contact judy@billanderson.com but i get a blank page trying to find out when your new book will arrive had my order in since
    3/13/16

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  39. Kacy Walton
    April 15, 2016 @ 3:12 am

    I received the Family Reunion DVD set from my husband for my birthday today and I am absolutely loving it and will be watching it several times over!!!! I hope you will be coming back to the Orange Blossom Opry in Florida, we loved your show there!!!

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  40. Bill Jennings
    November 13, 2016 @ 7:16 pm

    I went to see his Show LAST NIGHT 11/12/ 2016 at the OLD DOMINION BAEN DANCE AT THE HENRICO THEATER. THE ENTIRE CAST WAS AWESOME. BILL STILL SOUNDS LIKE HE DID THIRTY YEARS AGO.GREAT PERSON AND EVEN A GREATER ENTERTAINER.I MET HM YEARS AGO IN NASHVILLE ALONG WITH PORTER WAGGONER. GOD BLESS HIM AND I WISH HIM ANY MORE YEARS DOING WHAT HE DOES BEST. THAT I BELIEVE IS SINGING COUNTRY MUSC TO HIS FANS. THANKS TO DONNA MEADE FOR INVITING HIM.

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