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Bill Anderson was born in Columbia,
South Carolina, but spent most of his growing-up years around
Atlanta, Georgia. He graduated from the University of Georgia
with a degree in journalism, having worked his way through
college as a disc jockey on nearby radio stations. It was
while he was still in school that he began performing and
At the age of nineteen
Bill Anderson composed the country classic, City Lights,
and began rapidly carving his place in musical history.
He moved to Nashville, Tennessee, secured a
recording contract with Decca Records, and began turning out hit
after hit with songs like PoFolks, Mama
Sang A Song, The Tips Of My Fingers, 8X10,
and the unforgettable country and pop smash, Still.
His compositions were recorded by such diverse musical talents
as Ray Price, Porter Wagoner, Debbie Reynolds, Ivory Joe Hunter,
Kitty Wells, Faron Young, Lawrence Welk, Dean Martin, Jerry Lee
Lewis, Aretha Franklin, Walter Brennan and many others.