Tag: On This Day

On This Day #48 – Gary Reid

| October 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

On October 2, 1956, Gary B. Reid was born in Olney, Maryland. He spent all of his formative years in Silver Spring, Maryland, graduating from high school and working in a bank there, in Ashton Maryland, and in Burtonsville, Maryland. As he was growing up […]


On This Day #47 – Bill Monroe

| September 9, 2016 | 0 Comments

On this day 20 years ago Bill Monroe passed away. On September 9, 1996, Bill Monroe, the acknowledged Father of Bluegrass Music, passed away. Today we remember the date as a few members of the bluegrass music community, young and not so young, share some […]


On This Day #47 – JD Crowe live in Tokyo

| April 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

On this Day ….. On April 18, 1979, JD Crowe and the New South played at the Kosei Nenkin Sho Hall in Tokyo, Japan. Having already visited Japan in August 1975, banjo ace Crowe took the New South back to the Land of the Rising […]


On This Day #46 – The Stanley Brothers in London

| March 11, 2016 | 0 Comments

On this Day ….. On March 11, 1966, the Stanley Brothers made their one and only appearance in England, at the Royal Albert Hall, London. The Stanley Brothers – Carter, the lead singer, guitarist and the elder of the two, and banjo-playing Ralph – were […]


On This Day #45 

| February 5, 2016 | 0 Comments

On this day …. On February 5, 1959, Starday Records purchased the masters to Charlie Moore’s recordings No Grave (Is Gonna Keep This Soul); Over in Gloryland; When They Crucified My Lord and Why Is Mother Buried. The four Gospel songs were recorded the previous […]


On This Day #44 – Fincastle Bluegrass Festival

| September 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

On This Day … Starting on Friday, September 3, 1965, the first Fincastle Bluegrass Festival, in Fincastle, Virginia, took place. “Wow, hard to believe it’s been fifty years ago …  I was there for both of Carlton’s first multi-day festival in 1965 and 1966.” (Gary […]


On This Day #42 – IBMA

| June 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

On this Day …. On Monday June 24, 1985, a group of interested individuals gathered in the board-room of BMI’s Nashville headquarters for two days of discussion to explore the possibilities of forming a trade organisation in support of bluegrass music. Initiated by Lance LeRoy, […]


On This Day #40 – John Palmer

| May 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

On this Day ….. On May 28, 1927, John Palmer, bass player most noted for his time with Don Reno and Red Smiley, was born in Union, South Carolina. He was a World War II veteran. He worked with Don Reno in the early 1940s; […]


On This Day #39 – Jimmy Martin

| May 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

On This Day  … On May 14, 2005, Jimmy Martin passed away. Ten years ago today, James Henry Martin passed away in Nashville, Tennessee, having been diagnosed with bladder cancer over a year earlier. He was aged 77. The Toronto Star called him “one of the greatest […]


On This Day #38 – Carroll Best

| May 8, 2015 | 0 Comments

On This Day…… On May 8, 1995, Carroll Best was shot dead by his brother Sam. He was 64 years of age. Hugh Carroll Best Jr, from the Crabtree community of Haywood County, North Carolina, was a master of the melodic or fiddle-style of playing […]