November 1 is the 70th birthday of James W. Anderson III.
While attending the University of Georgia in 1957, the young journalism major sat on the roof of his apartment building and looked out at the lights of Commerce, Georgia. His mind took over and he wrote:
A bright array of city lights as far as I can see
The great white way shines through the night for lonely guys like me
Thus began the song "City Lights," starting the 50-year-long (and still going strong) songwriting career of "Whisperin' Bill."
Here's hoping Bill had a happy birthday this year. Last year, his birthday was marred by the death of his dear friend and sometimes songwriting partner, Buddy Killen (they wrote Jim Reeves' "Losing Your Love" together).