Bill was named Songwriter of the Year by Sony-ATV-Tree Publishing at their annual Christmas brunch December 12, 1999. Sharing pride in his winning are Sony-Tree Vice President, Woody Bomar; President and CEO, Donna Hilley; and Chief Creative Officer, Don Cook.
Bill and Grand Ole Opry dance patriarch, Melvin Sloan, introduce America’s 1999 Clogging Hall of Fame Grand Champions, Sonja Wiseman of Morristown, Tennessee, and Mark Clifford of Charleston, South Carolina. Wiseman and Clifford were invited to join the Melvin Sloan Dancers on stage at the Opry after winning first place in the Hall of Fame’s […]
Bill visited on the air with Channel 5 news reporter, Lydia Lenker during the official grand opening of the Gaylord Entertainment Center in downtown Nashville. Later, inside the arena, Bill joined fellow Grand Ole Opry members Jeannie Seely and Little Jimmy Dickens for an autograph session.
This banner hung proudly on the Sony-Tree Publishing building on Nashville’s Music Row, congratulating Bill and his fellow Sony-Tree writer, Tom Shapiro, on being named among Billboard magazine’s Top Ten country songwriters for 1999. Bill had three songs in the Billboard charts in 1999: “Wish You Were Here” by Mark Wills, “Two Teardrops” by Steve […]
Titled, “Local Boy Makes Good”, the article in a July 1999 Country Weekly, written by Bob Cannon, highlighted Bill’s love for small towns and small town people, and featured a picture of Bill as an l8-year old Georgia disc jockey. The spread included a full-page color picture of Bill standing next to the monument which […]
This is the suit Bill wore on July 15, l961, when he was inducted into the membership of the Grand Ole Opry. Purple with gold trim and white snowflakes, the suit has caused Bill to quip, “It was so gaudy I made Porter Wagoner look like an undertaker!” Along with this piece of Opry history, […]
They introduced themselves on the video as Mr. and Mrs. Paisley, Brad Paisley’s mom and dad, but any Grand Ole Opry fan knows it’s really Little Jimmy Dickens and Bill Anderson. The two teamed up backstage at an Opry performance to tape an introduction for Brad Paisley’s performance at the Country Radio Seminar. No word […]