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Bill Anderson

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  
(Results 1-25 of 296 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Anderson, Bill," accessed August 12, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/200238.

Anderson, Bill. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 12, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/200238.

"Anderson, Bill." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 12 August 2020.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/200238

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