Bill Anderson was born in South Carolina and raised in Georgia. He initially began studying journalism academically, but he worked through most of his school as a DJ, which gave him his first exposure into music. It was around this time that he began singing and song writing, and he wrote "City Lights" at the age of 19. His composition was recorded twice, and the song reached the top of country charts both times. Anderson skilfully took advantage of this success and moved to Tennessee to begin a contract with Decca Records.
When he worked formally, his first hit song was "That's What It's Like to Be Lonesome," which topped the charts in 1959. Steadily, his career took off and he began to record hit after hit, reaching the top five lists 19 times by the late 1970s. Some of his number-one hit songs included "I Get the Fever," "My Life (Throw It Away if I Want To)" and "Sometimes," which he performed in a duet. He was renowned for his whispering singing voice, and he whispered entirely through some of his songs. Over the course of his life and career, he has been nominated for numerous awards, including Male Vocalist Of The Year and Songwriter Of The Year.Learn more about Art & Literature