Curley Seckler undergoes surgery

Curly Seckler suffered a mild heart attack on April 3 and underwent triple bypass surgery on April 5 in Nashville. The surgery went well and he is expected to to spend about a week in the hospital before being able to go home.

His doctors said he was in great physical shape, and the prognosis is good. Though Seckler turned 90 years old last December, his surgeon said he would have guessed him to be about 15 years younger.

Regarding the surgery, Seckler’s manager, Penny Parsons reports…

“So far everything has been going well at the hospital, so that is reassuring. But these next few days will be challenging, and it will be a relief when he gets to go home.

Anyone wishing to send a get well message or card may do so by E-mail to or by mail to:

Curly Seckler
c/o Penny Parsons
PO Box 51605
Durham, NC 27717

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Richard Thompson

Richard F. Thompson is a long-standing free-lance writer specialising in bluegrass music topics. A two-time Editor of British Bluegrass News, he has been seriously interested in bluegrass music since about 1970. As well as contributing to that magazine, he has, in the past 30 plus years, had articles published by Country Music World, International Country Music News, Country Music People, Bluegrass Unlimited, MoonShiner (the Japanese bluegrass music journal) and Bluegrass Europe. He wrote the annotated series I'm On My Way Back To Old Kentucky, a daily memorial to Bill Monroe that culminated with an acknowledgement of what would have been his 100th birthday, on September 13, 2011.