From Columbia, South Carolina (lives in Nashville)
Primarily a country singer and songwriter, known to millions as “Whisperin’ Bill.”
Has been a member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1961.
Has had over 80 of his own singles reach the country charts, including “Still,” “Bright Lights and Country Music,” “Po’ Folks.”
Has written dozens of songs which were hits for other artists, beginning with “City Lights” (Ray Price) in 1958, which Bill wrote at age 19. Recent chart toppers: Alison Krauss/Brad Paisley hit “Whiskey Lullaby” (2005) and George Strait’s “Give It Away” (2007). Both of those songs won the CMA Award for Song of the Year.
2001, inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
2007, recorded “Whisperin’ Bluegrass,” his first bluegrass album, with guest appearances from Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson and Vince Gill.