Exile kicks off 2018 celebration of 55th anniversary
Crossover hit-making band, Exile, is celebrating a distinguished career of 55 years as the longest running self-contained vocal group. This past weekend they had the distinguished honor of being the featured musical guest performing their hit songs “It’ll Be Me” and “Give Me One More Chance” on the highly acclaimed TBN show Huckabee.
Guests at the Grand Ole Opry experienced a special vocal event when friend and Opry member, Whisperin’ Bill Anderson joined Exile for a 40th Anniversary performance of “Kiss You All Over” on the Opry stage. The iconic song spent four weeks at the top of Billboard’s pop chart for Exile in 1978 and was recorded by Anderson 1979 on his “Ladies’ Choice” album. Bill Anderson’s version is available to watch here.
“We’ve talked about doing it together for a long time, and no better place to do it but on the stage at the Opry,” said Exile.
Exile has sold over 8 million records, including three Gold records and eleven number one hit songs, along with numerous hits on the pop and country charts. They are known for major hits including “Kiss You All Over,” “Give Me One More Chance,” and “I Don’t Want to Be a Memory,” to name a few. Exile music is available on all digital platforms here.
Exile formed in 1963 looking to play small clubs in Richmond, Kentucky, but managed to top both the pop and country charts during their over 55 year-long career. Their most successful hit, “Kiss You All Over” spent four weeks at the top of Billboard’s pop chart in 1978. In the early 1980’s Exile started to focus on country music. During their run on the country charts Exile has successfully had ten No. 1 singles including “I Don’t Want To Be A Memory” and “Give Me One More Chance.” They have toured with acts including Aerosmith, Fleetwood Mac, The Oak Ridge Boys, The Gatlin Brothers and The Judds. The 5 original Exile members re-formed in 2008 and continue to tour today. Current members of the band include J.P. Pennington, Les Taylor, Sonny LeMaire, Marlon Hargis and Steve Goetzman. 2018 celebrates 55 years for the band and 40th anniversary of the hit song “Kiss You All Over.” For more information, visit www.exile.biz.
Mike Huckabee welcomes top newsmakers and guests from the world of entertainment and culture as well as innovators from business, education and science. All this and great music performances along with stories of everyday Americans who inspire make this a must watch show. For more information visit www.tbn.org/huckabee.
About Bill Anderson
“Whisperin’ Bill” Anderson may be known for his soft vocal style, but his UNPRECEDENTED accolades and awards shout from the rooftops. He has released more than 40 studio albums, seven No. 1 singles and 29 Top 10 singles, and is a six-time Songwriter Of the Year award-winner. As a Grand Ole Opry member for more than 50 years and a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame since 2001, Anderson is one of the most decorated songwriters and performers in country music history — and an UNPRECEDENTED one at that, having earned the distinction of having an entry on the Country charts for seven consecutive decades – a record held by no other songwriter in history. His penned hits include “Whiskey Lullaby,” (Brad Paisley/Alison Krauss), “A Lot Of Things Different,” (Kenny Chesney), “Give It Away,” (George Strait), and his latest, “Country” (Mo Pitney), among others. At only nineteen, Anderson composed his first country classic, “City Lights” in his home state of Georgia, where he studied journalism at UGA. Anderson then moved to Nashville, signed a recording deal with Decca Records, and began releasing hit after hit. Fan-favorites include “Po’Folks,” “Mama Sang A Song,” “The Tips Of My Fingers,” “8X10,” and the unforgettable smash, “Still.” At the age of 40, he was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters’ Hall of Fame. At age 23, he became the youngest writer to be named Country Songwriter of the Year by BMI – a record only beat by 21-year-old Taylor Swift. In 2002, he was the first recipient of the prestigious BMI Icon Award. UNPRECEDENTED not only as a songwriter, but also a radio and television host, Anderson has starred on “ABC’s The Better Sex,” “Fandango,” “Country’s Family Reunion,” “Larry’s Country Diner,” and hosted radio shows as well as the legendary Grand Ole Opry. For more information visit http://billanderson.com/wired/
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