In 1957, a nineteen-year-old college student, Bill Anderson, sat atop a three-story hotel overlooking a few stoplights in the small town of Commerce, Georgia, and wrote “City Lights” on his guitar — singing to the starry night and envisioning a bustling metropolis: “A bright array of city lights as far as I can see / The great white way shines through the night for lonely guys like me”
The Grand Ole Opry® presented by Humana® honored Country Music Hall of Famer Bill Anderson on his 60th anniversary as an Opry member Saturday evening. Anderson made his Opry debut just a few weeks before his 21st birthday and became an official Opry member less than three years later on July 15, 1961 at 23-years-old, the youngest member at the time. Sara Evans and Opry members Mark Wills and Vince Gill joined other artists on stage congratulating Anderson on his milestone 60th Anniversary. The performances aired as part of Opry Live on the Circle Network.
Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry member Whisperin' Bill Anderson stepped in as a guest announcer on TBN's "Huckabee" over the weekend. Filling in for Keith Bilbrey, Anderson acted as announcer with musical guest Gordon Mote, comedian Chad Thornberry and columnist Gordon Chang. Visit Huckabee's Facebook and website to watch clips from the episode.
Bill Anderson Penned “Once a Day” Inducted into National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress
Whisperin' Bill Anderson's prolific songwriting has been recognized with membership into the Country Music Hall of Fame, Songwriters Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry and awarded him with more than 50 BMI Awards, three CMA Awards and two ACM Awards. Anderson earned a spot in history as the only songwriter in history to chart country songs in seven consecutive decades. Now, the National Recording Registry is recognizing Anderson's songwriting as "Once a Day," recorded by Connie Smith, joins other groundbreaking sounds of history and culture in the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress. "Once A Day" is being inducted alongside Louis Armstrong’s “When the Saints Go Marching In,” Labelle’s “Lady Marmalade,” Nas’ “Illmatic,” Kool & the Gang’s “Celebration,” and Kermit the Frog’s “The Rainbow Connection.”
Songwriting titan and Country Music Hall of Fame member Whisperin' Bill Anderson is ending the unprecedented and challenging year of 2020 with an "adorable, goofy" video that will "turn your frown upside down" (The Boot / Angela Stefano) for his single "It's A Good Day To Have A Good Day."
ICONIC SONGWRITER AND COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME MEMBER WHISPERIN’ BILL ANDERSON RELEASES “IT’S A GOOD DAY TO HAVE A GOOD DAY”
Songwriting titan and Country Music Hall of Fame member Whisperin' Bill Anderson releases "a new ray of country sunshine" (Wide Open Country / Bobby Moore) right when our world needs it, with his single "It's A Good Day To Have A Good Day," available now. This is the Grand Ole Opry legend's first release since his critically-acclaimed 73rd album, The Hits Re-Imagined, was released this summer.
Whisperin' Bill Anderson boasts a renowned career that has seen extraordinary milestones, including his Country Music Hall of Fame induction; 59 years as a member of the Grand Ole Opry and 80 top-charting songs—37 of which were Top Ten hits in addition to seven No. 1 singles. Anderson’s record-breaking songwriting has made him the only writer to chart country songs in seven consecutive decades. The songwriting titan has received more than 50 BMI Awards, three CMA Awards and two ACM Awards; and in 2018 he was inducted into the all-genre Songwriters Hall of Fame. Anderson continues to make his indelible mark on country music history with the release of his 73rd album, The Hits Re-Imagined, available today.
ICONIC SONGWRITER AND COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME MEMBER WHISPERIN’ BILL ANDERSON TO RELEASE 73RD ALBUM, ‘THE HITS RE-IMAGINED’ JULY 24
'Whisperin' Bill Anderson, the sole songwriter in history to write and chart country songs in seven consecutive decades, whose storied career includes membership into country music's most prestigious institutions, will release his 73rd album, The Hits Re-Imagined, July 24. The album includes 10 of the Country Music Hall of Famer's most iconic songs he's written and recorded himself, as well as songs of his made famous by George Strait, Brad Paisley, Kenny Chesney and more. In addition to these fresh, re-imagined hits, the album includes instrumental versions of each track, full track listing below.
COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME & GRAND OLE OPRY MEMBER WHISPERIN’ BILL ANDERSON SET TO HOST TWO-HOUR OPRY “HOUSE GUEST DJ” SPECIAL AT WILLIE’S ROADHOUSE ON SIRIUSXM
While social-distancing guidelines prevent the Grand Ole Opry from going live Friday evenings on SiriusXM Willie's Roadhouse, Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry member, Whisperin' Bill Anderson, is hosting a two-hour special as an Opry "House Guest DJ." Anderson will share with listeners stories from his more than 60 years performing on the Opry stage. The country legend hand-picked some of his favorite songs recorded by his friends and fellow Opry members, as well as from his own extensive catalogue. Anderson's set as an Opry "House Guest DJ" at Willie's Roadhouse on SiriusXM will premiere Friday, June 12 at 9 p.m. EST on Channel 59 and re-air throughout the weekend.
During this unprecedented time in history, when the feelings of joy and happiness may not be felt as often, National Health Service (NHS) workers in the United Kingdom are finding solice in a 'Whisperin' Bill Anderson hit song re-recorded by an all star cast. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame member wrote "Happiness" in 1964 and it became a smash for Sir Ken Dodd overseas. As the Daily Mirror recently reported, celebrities across the U.K. re-recorded "Happiness" as tribute to all those in health service.