The First 10 Years: 1956-1966

The First 10 Years: 1956-1966

by Bill Anderson
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The First 10 Years: 1956-1966

Known as "Whispering Bill" for his gentle, soft, and airy singing style, country singer Bill Anderson had his share of hits between the 1950s and late '70s, guided by his remarkable songwriting, which was really always his bread and butter, and his ability to write and work in all manner of country and folk styles through some six decades has made him one of country music's most successful songwriters. This beautiful set -- four discs plus a hardcover book -- from Bear Family Records is a lovingly and carefully assembled summation of Anderson's first decade in music, covering 1956 through 1966, and containing his first eight albums for Decca Records, five duets with Jan Howard, a dozen home demos of Anderson songs, as well as several non-LP B-sides and other rarities, including his early TNT singles, all of it adding up to an in-depth portrait of Anderson during his most commercially successful years.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/21/2011
Label: Bear Family
UPC: 4000127171504
catalogNumber: 17150
Rank: 234120


Disc 1

  1. Empty Room
  2. Take Me
  3. City Lights
  4. No Song To Sing
  5. That's What It's Like To Be Lonesome
  6. The Thrill of My Life
  7. Ninety-Nine
  8. Back Where I Started From
  9. It's Not the End of Everything
  10. Dead or Alive
  11. No Man's Land
  12. The Tip of My Fingers
  13. Walk Out Backwards
  14. Best of Strangers
  15. Flowing Waters and Shifting Sands
  16. Goodbye Cruel World
  17. Po' Folks
  18. As Long As I Live
  19. It Takes a Worried Man
  20. City Lights
  21. Columbus Stockade Blues
  22. Mama Sang a Song
  23. Wedding Bells
  24. Yonder Comes a Sucker
  25. Blue Eyes Crying In the Rain
  26. On and On and On
  27. Get a Little Dirt On Your Hands
  28. Down Came the Rain
  29. Still
  30. You Made It Easy
  31. I Wish It Was Mine
  32. That's What It's Like To Be Lonesome

Disc 2

  1. From a Jack To a King
  2. Little Band of Gold
  3. Restless
  4. Happiness
  5. Reverend Mr. Black
  6. It's Been So Long, Darlin'
  7. Take These Chains From My Heart
  8. Molly
  9. 8 X 10
  10. I'll Be Somewhere
  11. One Mile Over - Two Miles Back
  12. Take Me Home
  13. Candy Apple Red
  14. Cincinnati Ohio
  15. Easy Come Easy Go
  16. Five Little Fingers
  17. Me
  18. 500 Miles Away From Home
  19. You Don't Have To Be a Baby To Cry
  20. Abilene
  21. Green, Green
  22. I'm Leaving It All Up To You
  23. I Love You More and More Every Day
  24. Memory #1
  25. In Case You Ever Change Your Mind
  26. In the Misty Moonlight
  27. 3 a.M.
  28. Then and Only Then
  29. Worry
  30. You Can Have Her
  31. Then I'll Stop Loving You
  32. Mountain Dew

Disc 3

  1. 3 a.M.
  2. Twist of the Wrist
  3. Certain
  4. I Love You Drops
  5. Once a Day
  6. I Missed Me
  7. I've Enjoyed As Much of This As I Can Stand
  8. Saginaw Michigan
  9. I Don't Love You Anymore
  10. Riverboat
  11. I Know You Are Married (But I Love You Still)
  12. Time Out
  13. I'll Be Waiting
  14. Bright Lights and Country Music
  15. Born
  16. The Freighter
  17. Wild Side of Life
  18. Truck Drivin' Man
  19. I'll Go Down Swinging
  20. The Stranger's Story
  21. Walking the Dog
  22. How the Other Half Lives
  23. Wine
  24. All Nite Cafe
  25. Cocktails
  26. Golden Guitar
  27. Think I'll Go Somewhere (and Cry Myself To Sleep)
  28. In the Summertime
  29. Used To
  30. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry

Disc 4

  1. Lovin' Pains
  2. When Liking Turns To Loving
  3. Talkin' To the Wall
  4. Next Time You're In Tulsa
  5. I Get the Fever
  6. Nail My Shoes To the Floor
  7. The First Mrs. Jones
  8. Papa
  9. For Loving You
  10. The Untouchables
  11. Get While the Gettin's Good
  12. Something To Believe In
  13. Ride Ride Ride
  14. My Daddy and My Mama and Me
  15. A Satisfied Mind
  16. Bad Seed
  17. Remember Me
  18. The Wheel of Hurt
  19. Open Up Your Heart
  20. Homesick
  21. I'm Ashamed of You
  22. If It's All the Same To You
  23. Here Lies the Heart of Amos Brown
  24. Once a Day
  25. The Cold Hard Facts of Life
  26. Think I'll Go Somewhere (and Cry Myself To Sleep)
  27. I Love You Drops
  28. I'll Go Down Swingin'
  29. You and Your Sweet Love
  30. The Lord Knows I'm Drinkin'
  31. Slippin' Away
  32. Nobody But a Fool

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bill Anderson   Primary Artist,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Buddy Emmons   Steel Guitar
Floyd Cramer   Organ,Piano
Dolly Parton   Vocals
Jordanaires   Vocals
Roger Miller   Guitar
Pete Drake   Guitar,Steel Guitar
Jan Howard   Vocals
Jimmy Day   Steel Guitar
Martin Katahn   Violin
Anita Kerr Singers   Vocals
George Binkley   Violin
Owen Bradley   Leader
Ray Edenton   Guitar
Sonny Garrish   Steel Guitar
Buddy Harman   Drums
Walter Haynes   Steel Guitar
Wayne Moss   Guitar
Weldon Myrick   Steel Guitar
Norbert Putnam   Bass
Jimmy Riddle   French Harp
Hargus "Pig" Robbins   Piano
Jerry Shook   Guitar,Leader
Joe Zinkan   Bass
Cecil Brower   Violin,Vocals
Roy Huskey   Bass
Jimmy Colvard   Acoustic Guitar
Winifred S. Breast   Vocals
Solie Isaac Fott   Violin,Vocals
Jerry Reed Hubbard   Guitar
Morris Palmer   Drums
Jimmy Gateley   Fiddle,Guitar
Floyd Robinson   Background Vocals
Thomas Lee Jackson   Fiddle
Jerry Glenn Kennedy   Guitar
William K. McElhiney   Trumpet
Red Williams   Acoustic Guitar
Bobby Garrett   Guitar
Jim Bell   Fiddle
Walter L. "Hank Sugarfoot" Garland   Guitar
Bob Myers   Guitar
David Briggs   Piano
Jim Lance   Guitar,Bass Guitar,Leader
Johnny Webb   Drums
Howard Ralph Carpenter   Violin
Chuck Atha   Bass,Vocal Harmony
Chuck Goddard   Rhythm Guitar
Spider Wilson   Guitar
Thomas Grady Martin   Organ,Guitar,Leader
Brenton Bolden Banks   Violin,Vocals
Norman L. Blake   Guitar
Bob L. Moore   Bass
Lillian Vann Hunt   Violin,Vocals
Mildred Kirkham   Vocals
Harold Ray Bradley   Guitar
Jerry D. Smith   Piano
Douglas G. Kirkham   Drums
Murrey M. "Buddy" Harman   Drums
William D. "Buddy" Killen   Vocals,Background Vocals
Michael Gattozzi   Violin
Martha Ferber   Bass
Leonard "Len" Miller   Drums
Donny "Johnny Paycheck" Young   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Charles Wynn   Piano
Bobby Snipes   Electric Guitar
Bobby Farlow   Steel Guitar
Bob Lee Johnson   Banjo
Alton W. Leadbetter   Guitar

Technical Credits

Roy Acuff   Composer
Bill Anderson   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Reissue Producer,Illustrations
Bobby Bare   Composer
Jimmie Davis   Composer
Buck Owens   Composer
Jim Reeves   Composer
Mel Tillis   Composer
Roger Miller   Composer
Roy Drusky   Engineer
Barry McGuire   Composer
Chip Taylor   Composer
Dewey Terry   Composer
Jim Glaser   Composer
Billy Edd Wheeler   Composer
Ned Miller   Composer
Ernest Tubb   Composer
Cindy Walker   Composer
Don Robertson   Composer
Don Reno   Composer
Owen Bradley   Producer
Jack Clement   Composer
Skeeter Davis   Composer
Terry Fell   Composer
Walter Haynes   Composer
Hy Heath   Composer
Harlan Howard   Composer
Buddy Killen   Composer
Red Lane   Composer
John D. Loudermilk   Composer
Fred Rose   Composer
Wayne Walker   Composer
Hedy West   Composer
Hank Williams   Composer
Alex Zanetis   Composer
Bob Merrill   Composer
Liz Anderson   Composer
Mae Boren Axton   Liner Notes
Claude Boone   Composer
Jimmy Gateley   Composer,Liner Notes
James Gilreath   Composer
Terry Shand   Composer
Eddie Snyder   Composer
Leverett   Illustrations
R.A. Andreas   Illustrations
Richard Weize   Reissue Producer
Dave Samuelson   Liner Notes
Jurgen Koop   Engineer
William K. McElhiney   Arranger
Mack Magaha   Composer
Jack Rhodes   Composer
Eva Sargent   Composer
Pete Stamper   Composer
Jerry Todd   Composer
Don Wayne   Composer
William S. Cook   Composer
Charlie Williams   Composer
Steve Karliski   Composer
Houston Turner   Composer
Andreas Merck   Photo Scanning
Cameron Lavelle Mullins   Arranger
Brenda Colladay   Illustrations
Reinhard Pietsch   Engineer
E. Reinald Schumann   Engineer
Eddie Miller   Composer
Jed Peters   Composer
Max Powell   Composer
Red Hayes   Composer
Billy Cole   Composer
Mychael Gerstenberger   Artwork
N. Owens   Composer
Warner McPherson   Composer
Charles Singleton   Composer
Scott Wiseman   Composer
Sam Malbuch   Photo Restoration
Richard E. Johnson   Composer
Mohns Mohnsen   Engineer
Maureen Carpenter   Composer
Lee Allen Reynolds   Composer
Kenny Young   Composer
Encinc Mandalau   Composer
Don Harris   Composer
Bob Ritter   Producer,Engineer
Billy Dilworth   Liner Notes
Bill Montague   Composer

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