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Bill Anderson

50s 60s 70s 80s 90s 00s 10s
Born: 11/1/1937

Bill Anderson
Wrote lyrics
Performed songs

Born James William Anderson III in Columbia, South Carolina.

Known as "Whispering Bill" for his gentle vocals, Anderson was one of the most successful songwriters in country music history, Bill Anderson was also a popular singer in his own right.

His composition "City Lights," written when he was just 19 years old, was recorded by Ray Price in 1958 and topped the country charts. Anderson moved 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 of 28 Top Ten country singles with 1960's "Tip of My Fingers." with 19 of those songs making the Top Five. All the while, he continued to write numerous hits for other artists.

In the early 80's, after failing to continue on his prior sucess, Anderson switched to another medium, television where he hosted game shows and spent several years in the cast of the soap opera One Life to Live. He also hosted the TNN talk show Opry Backstage.


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