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This Day in Georgia History

November 01, 1937

Bill Anderson Born

To view an image of Bill Anderson, see the Digital Library of Georgia.

Country music song writer and singer Bill Anderson was born in Columbia, South Carolina. His family moved to Georgia, where they lived in Griffin and Decatur. Anderson majored in journalism at the University of Georgia. From Athens, he became a disc jockey in nearby Commerce. Here, he began writing and recording songs. One of these - “City Lights” - became a hit in 1955 and changed his career. After graduating in 1959, Anderson headed to Nashville, where he began composing a series of hit songs. His greatest hit - “Still”- came in 1963. He went on to compose more than 500 songs and record some 40 albums.