Bill Anderson equally successful as a singer and composer.  His full name is James William Anderson the third.  Bill Anderson has thirty seven top ten Billboard singles as an artist and has earned more than fifty BMI song writer awards.

His breathy, conversational tenor earned him the nickname "Whisperin Bill."  While earning a degree in journalism, Anderson worked his way through the University of Georgia as a DJ at station WJJC and sportswriter in commerce Georgia.

In 1954 Anderson recorded, "City Lights" for TNT records.  This honky-tonk themed song found its way to Columbia's Ray Price, whose 1958, recording became a #1 country hit on the Billboard country chart.  He joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1961.  He wrote many of his number one hits including: "Mama Sang a Song," "Once a Day" for Connie Smith, co-wrote "Saginaw, Michigan" for Lefty Frizzell.  He hosted TNN's game show"Fandango."

Bill Anderson, born November 1st, 1937 in Columbia, South Carolina.  Join me Sunday September 2nd a 11 a.m. as I present the life and music of this gifted country entertainer on the Country Classic Spotlight.  Join me at 9 a.m. till 1 p.m. for the Country Classic Show on 98.1 FM 98 Country.