Personalities | Bill Anderson | Nashville & Beyond | Country

(Vocals, b. 1937)

Columbia, South Carolina-born James William Anderson emerged as one of Nashville’s most celebrated songwriters in 1958, when Ray Price took his ‘City Lights’ to the top of the charts. Anderson soon signed his own recording contract with Decca Records and joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1961. In the years since he has parlayed his songwriting prowess, whispery vocal style and affable public persona into a resilient and enduring career. His biggest successes as a singer have come with smooth, easy-listening hits like ‘The Tips Of My Fingers’ (1960), ‘Mama Sang A Song’ (1962), ‘Still’ (1963) and ‘I Can’t Wait Any Longer’ (1978).

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Country Music, consultant editor Bob Allen


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