Special Alert

‘Whisperin’ Bill” Anderson to perform at UGA Russell Special Collections Libraries

  • 4:00 PM
  • Location: UGA Special Collections Libraries
  • 300 South Hull Street 
  • Athens, GA
  • Phone: (706) 542-3879
  • Price: Free
  • Time: Starting: 04:00 PM

Country music star “Whisperin’ Bill” Anderson will return to Athens Sept. 7 to perform specially selected songs and read from his well-received autobiography, now out from the University of Georgia Press.

Known as “Whisperin’ Bill” to generations of fans for his soft vocalizations and spoken lyrics, 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 UGA graduate and member of the Grand Ol' Opry, Anderson will be at the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries for the event, which begins at 4 p.m.  It is open free to the public and a reception will follow, giving visitors an opportunity to see an exhibit drawn from Anderson’s collection of memorabilia. Reservations are requested by Aug. 31 to Leandra Nessel at libdevelopment@uga.edu or (706) 542-3879. 

Whisperin’ Bill: An Unprecedented Life in Country Music presents a revealing portrait of Bill Anderson, one of the most prolific songwriters in the history 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. But the iconic singer, songwriter, performer, and TV host came to a point in his career where he questioned if what he had to say mattered anymore  - little did he know, his most rewarding climb lie ahead. A follow-up to his 1989 autobiography, this honest and revealing book tells the story of a man with an unprecedented gift, holding on to it in order to share it. A product of a long-gone Nashville, Anderson worked to reinvent himself, and this biography documents Anderson’s 50-plus-year career—a career he once thought unattainable.

With 80 charting singles and 37 Top Ten country hits, Anderson is a six-time Song of the Year Award-winner and BMI Icon Award recipient, has taken home many CMA and ACM Award trophies and garnered multiple GRAMMY nominations. “Whisperin’ Bill” is richly illustrated with black-and-white photos 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 this dynamic genre.

"Bill has written so many wonderful songs and is a major force in country music, not only as a writer but as an entertainer, a singer, and a host,” said his friend, Dolly Parton.  “It would be impossible really to measure his worth in this industry, but it's BIG!"

UGA Special Collections Libraries
300 South Hull Street