James William Anderson III (born November 1, 1937), known as Whisperin’ Bill Anderson, is an American country music singer, songwriter and television personality. He has been a member in long standing of the weekly Grand Ole Opry radio program and stage performance in Nashville, Tennessee, since 1961. He has released more than 40 studio albums and has reached No. 1 on the country charts seven times: "Mama Sang a Song" (1962), "Still" (1963), "I Get the Fever" (1966), "For Loving You" (with Jan Howard, 1967), "My Life (Throw It Away If I Want To)" (1969), "World of Make Believe" (1973), and "Sometimes" (with Mary Lou Turner, 1976). Twenty-nine more of his singles have reached the top ten.
One of the most successful songwriters in country music history, Anderson is also a popular singer, earning the nickname "Whisperin' Bill" for his soft vocal style and occasional spoken narrations. Artists who have recorded his material include Ray Price, Wanda Jackson, Connie Smith, Lynn Anderson, Jim Reeves, Conway Twitty, Eddy Arnold, Roy Clark, Con Hunley, Lefty Frizzell, Brad Paisley, Kenny Chesney, and George Strait.
Bill Anderson had his own television show in the 1960s. Anderson has made several television appearances, including two stints as a game show host: The Better Sex (with co-host Sarah Purcell) in 1977, and the country music-themed quiz show Fandango (1983–1989) on The Nashville Network. He has also hosted an interview show called Opry Backstage and was a producer of a talent show called You Can Be a Star, hosted by fellow Opry member Jim Ed Brown, both shows on the former Nashville Network, and has made guest appearances on several other television series.
Anderson is a member of the Grand Ole Opry, the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Birth and Death Data: Born November 1st, 1937 (Columbia)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1958 - 1972
Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist, guitar
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 296 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Decca||NA 10369||8/13/1958||[Unknown title(s)]||Bill Anderson||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 10370||8/13/1958||Inspiration||Bill Anderson||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 10371||8/13/1958||That's what it's like to be lonesome||Bill Anderson||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 10372||8/13/1958||The thrill of my life||Bill Anderson||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 10667||4/5/1959||Ninety-nine||Bill Anderson||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 10668||4/5/1959||Back where I started from||Bill Anderson||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 10854||9/17/1959||It's not the end of everything||Bill Anderson||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 10855||9/17/1959||Dead or alive||Bill Anderson||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 11002||3/3/1960||No man's land||Bill Anderson||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 11003||3/3/1960||The tip of my fingers||Bill Anderson||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 11261||9/7/1960||Walk out backwards||Bill Anderson||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 11262||9/7/1960||The best of strangers||Bill Anderson||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 11263||9/7/1960||Flowing waters and shifting||Bill Anderson||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 11473||3/20/1961||Goodbye cruel world||Bill Anderson||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 11474||3/20/1961||I'll walk you home||Bill Anderson||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 11515||4/24/1961||Goodbye cruel world||Bill Anderson||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 11516||4/24/1961||Po' folks||Bill Anderson||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 11517||4/24/1961||As long as I live||Bill Anderson||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 11568||6/5/1961||It takes a worried man||Bill Anderson||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 11569||6/5/1961||City lights||Bill Anderson||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 11570||6/5/1961||Columbus stockade blues||Bill Anderson||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 11571||6/5/1961||Mama sang a song||Bill Anderson||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 11629||7/18/1961||Wedding bells||Bill Anderson||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 11630||7/18/1961||Yonder comes a sucker||Bill Anderson||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 11825||12/11/1961||On and on and on||Bill Anderson||vocalist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Anderson, Bill," accessed September 17, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/200238.
Anderson, Bill. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 17, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/200238.
"Anderson, Bill." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 17 September 2021.
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