Bill Anderson Bio, Age, Wife, Marriages, Children, Net Worth, Songs

Bill Anderson born James William Anderson III, is an American country music singer, songwriter and television personality. He was born on November 1, 1937 in Columbia, South Carolina, but spent most of his growing-up years around Atlanta, Georgia.

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Bill Anderson Biography

Bill Anderson born James William Anderson III, is an American country music singer, songwriter and television personality. He was born on November 1, 1937, in Columbia, South Carolina, but spent most of his growing-up years around Atlanta, Georgia.

He graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in journalism, having worked his way through college as a disc jockey on nearby radio stations. It was while he was still in school that he began performing and writing songs. At the age of nineteen, he composed the country classic, “City Lights,” and began rapidly carving his place in musical history.

He moved to Nashville, Tennessee, secured a recording contract with Decca Records, and began turning out hit after hit with songs like “Po’Folks,” “Mama Sang A Song,” “The Tips Of My Fingers,” “8X10,” and the unforgettable country and pop smash, “Still.” His compositions were recorded by such diverse musical talents as Ray Price, Porter Wagoner, James Brown, Debbie Reynolds, Ivory Joe Hunter, Kitty Wells, Faron Young, Lawrence Welk, Dean Martin, Jerry Lee Lewis, Aretha Franklin, Walter Brennan, and many others.

He was the first country artist to host a network game show, starring on ABC-TV’s, “The Better Sex.” He also appeared for three years on ABC’s Daytime soap opera, “One Life To Live.”

For six years he hosted a country music game show on The Nashville Network called, “Fandango,” later an interview show called “Opry Backstage,” and somehow found time to be co-producer of another TNN Show called, “You Can Be A Star.” In addition, Bill has appeared frequently as a guest star on television’s top variety and game shows, including The Tonight Show, The Today Show, Match Game, Family Feud, Hee Haw and others. For seven years he hosted the acclaimed “Bill Anderson Visits With The Legends” show on XM satellite radio.

Since 1997, Bill has also hosted the highly-rated television series on RFD-TV, “Country’s Family Reunion,” a show where legendary country stars sit alongside both their peers and newcomers to the industry, singing their songs and swapping their stories.

Bill Anderson

In the mid-nineties, after a ten-year self-imposed hiatus, Bill returned to his first love, songwriting, and for the second time in his life cut a wide path across the creative landscape. He co-wrote giant hits for Vince Gill (“Which Bridge To Cross – Which Bridge To Burn”), Steve Wariner (“Two Teardrops”), Mark Wills (“Wish You Were Here”), Joe Nichols (“I’ll Wait For You”), and Kenny Chesney (“A Lot Of Things Different”).

He won Song Of The Year honors in both 2005 and 2007 for helping to write “Whiskey Lullaby” for Brad Paisley and Allison Krauss and “Give It Away” for George Strait. He also won a Dove award for co-writing the Country/Gospel Recorded Song of the Year, “Jonah, Job, and Moses” for the Oak Ridge Boys, plus the CMA Vocal Event of the Year, “Too Country,” recorded by Brad Paisley, George Jones, Buck Owens, and Bill himself. Both “Give It Away” and “Two Teardrops” afforded Anderson Grammy nominations.

In 2002, Broadcast Music, Inc. named Anderson its first country music songwriting Icon, placing him alongside R&B legends Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, and James Brown as the only recipients of that prestigious award. In 2008, the Academy of Country Music honored him with their inaugural Poets Award.

Bill has been voted Songwriter Of The Year six times, Male Vocalist Of The Year, half of the Duet Of The Year with both Jan Howard and Mary Lou Turner, has hosted and starred in the Country Music Television Series Of The Year, seen his band voted Band Of The Year, and in 1975 was voted membership in the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Ten years later, the State of Georgia honored him by choosing him as only the 7th living performer inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. In 1993, he was made a member of the Georgia Broadcasters’ Hall of Fame. In 1994, South Carolina inducted him into their Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame. And in 2001, he received the ultimate honor, membership in Nashville’s prestigious Country Music Hall of Fame.

Bill Anderson Autobiography

His first autobiography, “Whisperin’ Bill,” was published in 1989 and made bestseller lists all across the south. Bill’s second book, a humorous look at the music business titled, “I Hope You’re Living As High On The Hog As The Pig You Turned Out To Be,” was published in 1993 and is currently in its tenth printing.

His most recent literary effort, to be published in the fall of 2016, is an updated autobiography written with noted Nashville journalist, Peter Cooper, titled “Whisperin’ Bill Anderson – An Unprecedented Life In Country Music.” It will be available in both print and audio formats.

Bill Anderson Age

He was born on November 1, 1937.

Bill Anderson Marriages – Bill Anderson Wife

He has been married twice and also has divorced twice. His first wife was Becky Anderson and they divorced in 1997. His second wife was Bette Anderson and they divorced in 2010.

Bill Anderson Children

He has three children, a son Jamey Anderson and two daughters Jenni Anderson and Terri Anderson. He has eight grandchildren.

Bill Anderson Net Worth

He has an estimated net worth of $6 million.

Mamma Mia! is a 2008 jukebox musical romantic comedy film directed by Phyllida Lloyd and written by Catherine Johnson based on the 1999 musical of the same name, also written by Johnson, which itself is based on the songs of pop group ABBA, including the title song, with additional music composed by ABBA member Benny Andersson.

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Bill Anderson Songs

  • Mama Sang a Song
  • Tips of My Fingers
  • Still
  • I Wonder If God Likes Country Music
  • Bright Lights & Country Music
  • City Lights
  • I Get the Fever
  • I Love You Drops
  • Old Army Hat America The Beautiful
  • Walk Out Backwards
  • Po’ Folks
  • Give it Away
  • Wild Weekend
  • Five Little Fingers
  • I Can’t Wait Any Longer
  • Deck of Cards
  • The Corner of My Life
  • Too Country
  • World of Make Believe
  • For Loving You
  • Where Have All Our Heroes Gone
  • Happy State Of Mind
  • Slippin’ Away
  • Get While the Gettin’s Good
  • Cold Hard Facts of Life
  • Don’t She Look Good
  • Golden Guitar
  • Po’ Folks Christmas
  • Liars one, Believers Zero
  • Peanuts and Diamonds
  • All the Lonely Women in the World
  • I Can Do Nothing Alone

Still

Tips Of My Fingers

I reached out my arms and I touched you with soft words I whispered your name
I held you right on the tip of my fingers but that was as close as I came
My eyes had a vision of sweet lips yeelding beneath my command
I had your love on the tips of my fingers
But I let it slip right through my hands but I let it slip right through my hands
Somebody took you when I wasn’t looking and I should have known from the start
It’s a long long way from the tip of my fingers
To the love hidden deep in your heart to the love hidden deep in your heart
I had your love on the tips of my fingers
But I let it slip right through my hands but I let it slip right through my hands

Po Folks Lyrics

There’s a whole lotta people lookin’ down their noses at me
‘Cause I didn’t come from a wealthy family
There was ten of us livin’ in a two room shack
On the banks of the river by the railroad track
We kept chickens in a pen in the back and everybody said we was po’ folks
My daddy was a farmer but all he ever raised was us
Dug a forty foot well struck thirty-six gallons of dust
Salvation Army give us clothes to wear a man from the county came to cut our hair
We lived next door to a millionare but we wadn’t nothin’ but po’ folks
We was po’ folks livin’ in a rich folks world we sure was a hungry bunch
If the wolf had ever come to our front door he’d’ve had to brought a picnic lunch
My grandaddy’s pension was a dollar and thirty-three cents
That was ten dollar less than the landlord wanted for rent
The landlord’s letters got nasty indeed he wrote get out but pa couldn’t read
And we was too broke to even pay heed but that’s how it is when you’re po’ folks
We was po’ folks livin’ in a rich folks world we sure was a hungry bunch
If the wolf had ever come to our front door he’d’ve had to brought a picnic lunch
But we had something in our house money can’t buy
Kept us warm in the winter cool when the sun was high
For whenever we didn’t have food enough and the howlin’ winds would get pretty rough
We patched the cracks and set the table with love
‘Cause that’s what you do when you’re po’ folks and we wadn’t nothin’ but po’ folks
My mom and my dad was po’ folks my brother and my sister was po’ folks
My dog and my cat was po’ folks and even the po’ folks was po’ folks

Deck Of Cards

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