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25 Comments

  1. Betty Shields
    November 7, 2014 @ 1:07 am

    George Hamilton IV, Was form my home town, Winston-Salem,N.C. He use to sing and play on my Uncle radio show in W.S. After got out of school he would go by the radio station and play. He new my Uncle Mr. Scott and my Aunt Bobbie. The last time he was in Wilmington, N.C. he talk to my Aunt. My Uncle had pass away a few years ago. George was a wonderful man. We all love him here. He came home to stay. With our Lord.

  2. Pat Ebersberger
    October 2, 2014 @ 5:06 pm

    What a wonderful letter. Brought tears to my eyes. You were a great friend.

  3. Keith Albrecht
    September 24, 2014 @ 3:40 pm

    Bill, I was listening to Dallas Wayne yesterday, and he said ever one should read what Bill Anderson wrote about his pal George Hamilton IV. Thanks Dallas and thank you bill for sharing with us about your pal. It is a great tribute to a great country artist.

  4. Rusty Douch
    September 23, 2014 @ 10:22 am

    What a beautiful letter, Thank you for sharing it.

  5. Michele Voan Capps
    September 23, 2014 @ 8:12 am

    Beautiful letter, Bill–it made us cry. Thank you for sharing your sweet memories–we will miss our dear friend, George Hamilton IV–
    Love you Bill–Michele & Jimmy

  6. Sara D. West
    September 23, 2014 @ 3:34 am

    What a wonderful letter, Bill. That is true friendship. It made me misty. So glad we got to see him when we did. He will be missed.

  7. Dean Vollmer
    September 23, 2014 @ 1:58 am

    Thanks Bill for that wonderful tribute from another good guy in CW music. Years ago .George played a show here in Sioux Falls with Sherwin Linton,an upper Midwest legend, who was enjoying some national success. George let him close the show.That’s the kind of humble kindness that George was made of.

  8. Gary Davis
    September 22, 2014 @ 9:37 pm

    What a wonderful letter… but, how would I ever have expected any less from you, Bill? Blessings to you.

  9. Sally
    September 22, 2014 @ 7:30 pm

    So sorry for the loss Bill… I KNOW how hard it is to loose loved ones. Know that my prayers are with you and that he is in a better place now.
    Always, Sally

  10. John
    September 22, 2014 @ 4:17 pm

    A great tribute from one country music legend to another. Thank you, Bill, for sharing this with the rest of us.

  11. Kathleen George
    September 22, 2014 @ 3:21 pm

    Thank you so much for such a beautiful letter for such a Godly man who has blessed countless lives and will continue to bless. I rarely miss Country Family Reunion on Friday evenings, and do so appreciate you Mr. Anderson!

  12. Mick Dwyer
    September 22, 2014 @ 1:04 pm

    What a beautiful story Bill about true friendship and a life long relationship not only with you and George but of your families as well. I have a lifelong friend like that so I understand. God Bless you and your family and Georges family respectfully, Mick Dwyer Charles Town, West Virginia

  13. Susan Duet
    September 22, 2014 @ 10:25 am

    Thank you Bill for sharing. We have loss another great but boy are they doing some visiting in heaven. I know daddy(Cousin Bud) was there to greet him.

  14. luce
    September 22, 2014 @ 9:37 am

    Bill that was a really lovely letter.Cheers Luce …

  15. Billy Boggs
    September 22, 2014 @ 9:10 am

    What an awesome friend, my dad was a steel player from the 60s till he died in 2000, he always spoke highly of people like you and George.

  16. Cora Weiand
    September 22, 2014 @ 7:37 am

    Simply beautiful, Mr. Anderson. You have brought tears to my eyes. I cried when I heard that George had passed. He was not only as amazing artist, but he was such a historian. He had so much knowledge about the music he sang and the places he travelled. I will miss him on the CFR shows. I am truly sorry for the loss of your friend.

  17. Gay Seiber
    September 22, 2014 @ 4:16 am

    Well said, from one true legend about another one. I posted earlier that George IV was definitely the poster child for a true gentleman. I know he will be missed by not only his family and friends, but his fans as well. He not only talked the talk, but he walked the walk, simply said, he was an amazing man.

  18. Connie Blizzard
    September 22, 2014 @ 4:14 am

    Thank you Mr. Anderson. Never have I read more breautiful words. I have loved him since The Jim Thornton Show and I might add I am quite few years younger than George IV. I had pleasure to meet him and his lovely wife when my husband and I were married in 2003. I’m thinking it was at a theater in Pigeon Forge. They announced a honeymoon couple and after the show they came up to us in the lobby to congratulate us. I thought how unusual for that to happen. Gosh I was so tickled, just that they spoke to us. Those pictures from that night are now even more treasured to me. Please give Mrs. Hamilton my love.
    I wish with all my heart CMT would televise his memorial . He is just as worthy as others who they have done that for. I appreciate the family privacy but if its going to be a memorial please let us all pay tribute to the” Ambassador”. He is loved and respected so much. Thank you for hopefully reading this…….Connie Blizzard, Nashville, N.C.

  19. Margaret Kerr Beckwith
    September 22, 2014 @ 3:50 am

    Bill, I have been a fan of yours since the 70″s & I believe you have written the most beautiful tribute to George IV! I have been a fan of George’s since 1966 when he recorded Gordon Lightfoot’s “Early Morning Rain”! The last time I had the privilege of hearing him in person was in the mid-1980″s and, having been honored to call him friend, had the pleasure of having dinner with him at Shoneys near the Opryland Hotel where I was staying. He was a true gentleman!

  20. Erlene Tuubb
    September 19, 2014 @ 4:29 am

    Bill, no one could have said it better. You truly have a special
    gift for placing words on paper that will live on in others’ memories.

  21. Pam Moore
    September 18, 2014 @ 10:11 pm

    George was a talented, likeable entertainer. We will miss his wit and storytelling. So sad to see him go but so thankful God shared him with us for all these years. Thank you for taking the time to tell us of your friendship.

  22. Joyce Loman
    September 18, 2014 @ 8:03 pm

    He was a good man.

  23. chet mundy
    September 18, 2014 @ 5:12 pm

    thank you bill for the letter, I think that Is what good friends do. my feeling about George is , he was always shareing his memories and teaching. he is and will be missed my prayers go to his family and friends every where.

  24. Duke Slater
    September 18, 2014 @ 4:04 pm

    Bill Anderson, what a beautiful and fitting tribute to such a dignified man and friend. You’ll touch so many hearts with this!

  25. Jim Vaughan
    September 18, 2014 @ 3:23 pm

    I don’t believe I have ever read a better letter after the passing of a true friend.