Are you sick and tired of my posts about my weird Country Music life back when I was a kid? If you are, then you’re going to be even sicker now, because I’ve got another one.
One of the first “stars” my brothers and I met was Bill Anderson. It was so early on, it’s a bit hard for me to even remember.
This was back in the early 1960’s. My twin brother and I were six or seven years old and it was at a show in Madison, Indiana. My brother and I were one of the opening acts and Bill was the headliner. He was the star, but you would never know it by the way he acted. He was backstage with the rest of us, just hanging out. I remember him being kind of quiet, but was very respectful of everybody there waiting with him. In other words, a very nice guy.
(I promise I’m going to get around to writing about a “star” that wasn’t so nice—probably within the next couple weeks.)
The years went by and we met Bill a few more times. Again, he was always as nice as he could be. I remember us joining the Bill Anderson fan club. “Still for Bill” was kind of the slogan for the club—wordplay based on one of Bill’s biggest hits. Honestly, I didn’t pay much attention to any of it but joining that club is how my twin brother met his first girlfriend. My brother was actually gay, but that’s a post for another day.
“Whispering Bill” had a lot of hit records in his day, but what I always respected the most was his songwriting. When it comes to writing Country songs, there isn’t anybody any better than he is—and he’s still (there’s that word again) writing hits despite the fact he’s in his mid 70’s now.
And speaking of “Still,” that video up there at the top of the post is him singing the song that made him famous.