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This is the revealing portrait of a prolific singer, songwriter, and performer of country music. Mega country music hits like "City Lights" (Ray Price), "Tips of My Fingers" (Roy Clark, Eddy Arnold, Steve Wariner), "Once a Day" (Connie Smith), "Saginaw, Michigan" (Lefty Frizzell), and many more flowed from his pen, making him one of the most decorated songwriters in music history.

Then he came to a point in his career when he questioned if what he had to say mattered anymore. Music Row had changed, a new generation of artists and songwriters had transformed the genre, and the Country Music Hall of Fame member and Grand Ole Opry star was no longer relevant. By 1990, he stopped writing. Bad investments left him near bankruptcy, and his marriage was falling apart. In Nashville, he was a museum piece―seen only as a nostalgia act. Anderson was only in his 50s when he assumed he had climbed all the mountains he was intended to scale. But Anderson, a product of a long-gone Nashville, worked to reinvent himself, and this biography documents Anderson's 50-plus-year career―a career he once thought unattainable.

Today, thanks to the support of musical peers and friends who believed in him, he continues to forge the path of lyrical integrity in music, harnessing his ability to craft a song that tells a familiar story, grabs you by the heart, and moves you. Anderson is the only songwriter in country music history to have a song on the charts in each of the past seven consecutive decades. A six-time winner of the Song of the Year Award and recipient of the BMI Icon Award, he has taken home many CMA and ACM Award trophies and garnered multiple Grammy Award nominations.

With anecdotes of Anderson interacting with the superstars of American music, including such legends as Patsy Cline, Vince Gill, and Steve Wariner, this book highlights Anderson's trajectory in the business and his influence on the past, present, and future of the genre.

Includes bonus music tracks.

©2016 Bill Anderson (P)2016 Blackstone Audio

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Whispering Bill Still Has it!

More than 60 years ago, Bill Anderson burst onto the music scene with the release of his legendary song, ‘Bright Lights and Country Music’. Having his songs one the charts in all 7 decades since the 50’s, this legendarily gifted genius continues to touch our lives with his musical abilities. This book, as written and read by Whispering Bill Anderson is nothing short of phenomenal!

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Exellent book. It felt like Bill and I were sittin around shooting the breeze. Very comfortable.

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Master Craftsman of a Classic Country Life

to listen to Bill Anderson tell his life story in his own words made for an enjoyable retrospective of an amazing life. I knew parts of several of his stories, but to hear the complete version of each was thoroughly entertaining. Bill is a shining example of perseverance and success. his gift of songwriting will be a legacy left for many generations.

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Wonderful!

Enjoyed every minute. I now know that he is not only a great songwriter but a wonderful person, also. Excellent story brilliantly told!