Country Music giants Bill Anderson and Alan Jackson will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame at the organization’s 49th Annual Induction and Awards Dinner.
Bill Anderson is the rare songwriter whose first major label cut went to No. 1 on the charts, was named Song of The Year, and sparked a writing career that is currently in its seventh decade. The song, “City Lights,” was written when Anderson was a 19-year old Georgia disc jockey and became a career-defining hit for Ray Price in 1958. The song opened doors for him in Nashville, leading him to sign with BMI and Tree Publishing.
Anderson was far from a one-hit wonder. He followed “City Lights” with country standards like “Tips Of My Fingers,” the GRAMMY-nominated “Once A Day,” “Saginaw, Michigan,” “That’s What It’s Like To Be Lonesome,” “I Missed Me,” “Cold Hard Facts Of Life,” which earned him another GRAMMY nomination, “Mama Sang A Song,” the crossover smash, “Still,” and countless others. He was voted country Songwriter Of The Year six times during his first decade in Music City.
His success continued into the seventies with award-winning hits like “Slippin’ Away,” “The Lord Knows I’m Drinking,” “I May Never Get To Heaven,” and the disco-flavored, “I Can’t Wait Any Longer.” The eighties saw Anderson’s chart-topping career take a hiatus as he became a TV network game show host, spokesman for a national restaurant chain, and a nonstop touring Grand Ole Opry performer. In the nineties, he came roaring back with a vengeance, however, as he seriously turned to co-writing for the first time.
Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001, his collaborations with the newer generation of Nashville tunesmiths resulted in hits like “Wish You Were Here,” the GRAMMY-nominated “Two Teardrops,” “A Lot Of Things Different,” for Kenny Chesney, “Which Bridge To Cross (Which Bridge To Burn),” for Vince Gill and two Song Of The Year awards for “Whiskey Lullaby,” with Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss and George Straight’s “Give It Away,” in 2005 and 2007 respectfully. He continues to write today with songs like Brad Paisley’s “Dying To See Her.” For more information, visit billanderson.com.
Alan Jackson, one of the true giants of modern-day country music, has been named among the 2018 inductees into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He will officially become a member during this year’s induction and awards gala event, which takes place on 14 June in New York City.
The announcement marks the continuation of a notable few months for the multi-million-selling artist from Newnan, Georgia. In October 2017, the 59-year-old Jackson was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame last October, alongside the release of his new track ‘The Older I Get.’
With career album sales estimated at 60 million, Jackson’s other accolades include three CMA Entertainer of the Year awards, a place in the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and more than 25 years as a member of the Grand Ole Opry.