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With a career that began with his first single being released while he was just a 19-year-old University of Georgia student, Bill Anderson went on to become probably the most successful singer-songwriter in country music history. A master communicator, Anderson was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry at age 23. Even though he has been a member of the Grand Ole Opry for more than a half-century, today he remains an engaging performer, a prolific writer and one of the industry’s most respected elder statesmen.
For those who only know the singer for the intimate, soft-spoken vocals and recitations that landed him the nickname ‘Whispering Bill,’ his early recordings, the best-selling Decca recordings of the late fifties and through the sixties that were benchmarks in the emerging Nashville Sound, were a revelation; a diverse mix ranging from rockabilly balladry, Texas-style shuffles, unapologetic honky-tonk to Nashville pop country.
Yes sir, it wouldn’t be a stretch to say that the 1960s might almost be called the ‘Anderson Decade’ in country and western music. It was a rare week when an Anderson song during those years, recorded either by himself or by another major artist, was not on the national country hit charts. At times, there have been two or three Anderson numbers on the charts at the same time. As one of the industry’s most prolific songwriters, he penned career-boosting hit singles for Porter Wagoner, Jim Reeves, Lefty Frizzell, Faron Young, Roy Drusky, and Connie Smith.
From a contemporary perspective, it can be easy to overlook Bill Anderson’s significance during that tumultuous decade (1960’s) in American history and country music but Anderson came in on a high note and stayed there. Throughout that decade, Anderson would remain a consistent Top 10 country singles artist. His records would seldom dip below the top spots well into the seventies. During that time, he had six singles cross over into the pop charts. In 1964 he assembled the Po’ Boys, one of that era’s great back-up bands and in the following year, he would launch ‘The Bill Anderson Show’ in major television markets nationwide.
Today Anderson is one of country music’s respected elder statesmen. Younger artists still seek him out for his new material, while others mine his vast back catalog for potential hits. Anderson’s popular ‘Country Family Reunion’ concerts and videos provide a relaxing platform for his heroes and peers, while attracting audiences who share his passion for Nashville’s golden era. There’s more to the singer than the sentimental ballads and semi-recitations that landed him the nickname ‘Whispering Bill.’ His catalog includes rockabilly, Texas shuffles, Nashville pop, saga songs, power ballads and a touch of bluegrass.
Don’t miss this legendary artist when he comes to the Texas Opry Theater this May 20, 2017 @ 3pm.
Get your tickets now for what is sure to be a sell-out show and an experience that will stick with you.
At a time when country music was becoming overrun with artists whose style had more to do with pop and dance music than the traditional sounds that built Nashville, Mo Pitney enjoyed his first success as a singer and songwriter.
Holly Pitney flatters her big brother’s music with her vocals and guitar pickin’.
Don’t wish you had seen ‘Bill Anderson w/ Mo & Holly Pitney’ at the Texas Opry Theater.
Be glad you saw ‘Bill Anderson w/ Mo & Holly Pitney’ at the Texas Opry Theater.