ROYALTON -- The Minnesota Northwoods Opry will resume its performance schedule Sunday with "Whisperin'" Bill Anderson, one of country music's most enduring stars.
Anderson, a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, will deliver a pair of shows -- at 1 and 6 p.m. -- at the American Legion Hall in Royalton. Tickets are $22-$35.
Alan Godage and his Sundown band will warm up the audience before Anderson takes the stage. Godage and his wife-manager, Barbara, founded the Northwoods Opry late last year to promote classic country events for central Minnesota's music fans. Anderson's concert is the Opry's third event.
If you go
Who: "Whisperin'" Bill Anderson
What: Country music concert
Where: American Legion Hall, Royalton
When: 1 and 6 p.m. Sunday
Cost: $22-$35 at (320) 355-2696
Known for his "breathy voice and his warm, soft approach to country music," Anderson broke into the national country music scene in 1958 with his composition "City Lights," a major hit when released by Ray Price.
By 1961, the South Carolina native had been admitted to the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, followed by his first No. 1 hit song, "Mama Sang a Song."
A year later he released his first crossover hit, "Still," which topped the country music as well as the pop music charts.
Over the next three decades, Anderson released or composed a long series of hit songs, winning awards as Songwriter of the Year six times, as well as Male Vocalist of the Year and Duet of the Year with his collaborators Jan Howard and Mary Lou Turner.
But he may be more familiar to television viewers for his hosting and acting roles on several network programs during the 1970s and 1980s.
He was the first country singer, for example, to host a network game show, starring on ABC's "The Better Sex."
Anderson also starred for three years on ABC's daytime soap "One Life to Live," and later hosted The Nashville Network's "Fandango" game show and the interview program "Opry Backstage." He also produced "You Can Be a Star" for TNN.
Throughout the 1990s, Anderson continued to write and release record albums, with four of his compositions earning Billboard magazine designation as the Top 20 country songs of the past 35 years.
No other songwriter had as many songs on the list, Anderson's promotional material says. Anderson was named to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001.
He life is catalogued in his 1989 autobiography "Whisperin' Bill," which climbed to several best-seller lists across the country. He also wrote "I Hope You're Living as High on the Hog as the Pig You Turned Out to Be" in 1993.
Tickets to his Sunday appearance can be reserved by calling (320) 355-2696. They are available at the gate, for $3 more than advance purchases.
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