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The Definitive Collection

Bill Anderson

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There have been many compilations of Bill Anderson's work released over the years, but none have been better than MCA Nashville's 2006 release The Definitive Collection. Not that it has every charting Billboard country single that Anderson released; he had too many to fit onto a single disc. But it does have the great majority of his big hits of the '60s and '70s — including "Po' Folks," "Walk Out Backwards," "Mama Sang a Song," "8 X 10," "Still," "My Life (Throw It Away If I Want To)," and "Happy State of Mind" — over the course of this 20-track disc. It may not have every single that Bill Anderson had, but no other CD has offered as much of his best in one place, making this the best summary of his peak yet assembled.

Biography

Born: 01 November 1937 in Columbia, SC

Genre: Country

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

One of the most successful songwriters in country music history, Bill Anderson was also a hugely popular singer in his own right, earning the nickname "Whispering Bill" for his gentle, airy vocal style and occasional spoken narrations. Anderson was born in Columbia, SC, in 1937 and grew up mostly in Atlanta. He studied journalism at the University of Georgia, with an eye toward sports writing, and worked his way through school as a radio DJ, during which time he first tried his hand at songwriting...
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