Country Music Hall of Fame member Bill Anderson tells Billboard that he had a fun time recording the song "Whisper" with Joey+Rory for his new album "Life!". After all, he's been known as "Whispering Bill" for almost five decades now, thanks to his soft spoken vocal style. Still, Anderson admits that when comedian Don Bowman first coined the moniker, he had mixed feelings about it.
"I thought back then that they were making fun of me, calling me 'Whispering Bill,' or 'Old Whisper," he said. However, the nickname helped to cement his place in the spotlight. "It didn't take me long to realize that it was a very special moniker that they hung on me. Bill Anderson is a very common name. You can look in any phone book anywhere, and you can find a William Anderson or a Bill Anderson just about anywhere that you look. But, I'm the only one they call 'Whispering Bill,' so it's worked real good for me. There are people that if you mention Bill Anderson, they'll say 'Who?' But, if you say 'Whisperin' Bill,' they will go 'Oh, yeah.' So, I'm as well known by that as I am by my own name, maybe even better."
The new album -- which is available digitally now, and will be physically available in March -- is one that the singer let the fans in on the creative process. "When you've made as many records as I have, you kind of run out of titles," said Anderson, who released his first set, Country Heart Songs, in 1962.