I’m Going Back To Old Kentucky #119

From October 1, 2010 through to the end of September 2011, we will, each day, celebrate the life of Bill Monroe by sharing information about him and those people who are associated with his life and music career. This information will include births and deaths; recording sessions; single, LP and CD release dates; and other interesting tidbits. Richard F. Thompson is responsible for the research and compilation of this information. We invite readers to share any tidbits, photos or memories you would like us to include.

  • January 27, 1964 Recording Session – During an evening session at the Columbia Recording Studio Bill Monroe recorded I’ll Meet You in Church Sunday Morning, Mary at the Home Place and Highway of Sorrow for Decca. Each had Bill Monroe singing solo. The Blue Grass Boys in attendance were Joe Stuart [guitar], Joe Drumright [banjo], Bessie Lee Mauldin [bass] and Benny Williams [fiddle]. The producer was Harry Silverstein and Owen Bradley was the leader. *
  • January 27, 1966 Richard Greene made his debut as fiddler for the Blue Grass Boys in a concert at McGill University, Montreal. He replaced Gene Lowinger.
  • January 27, 1982 Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys were part of a package show, including Carl Smith and Moon Mullican, which drew two full houses at the 2500 seat Akron, Ohio, Armory.
  • January 27, 1983 Recording session – During a morning session at Burns Station Sound Bill Monroe and Johnny Cash recorded I Still Miss Someone for the Bill Monroe and Friends LP (MCA-5435), released on January 12, 1984. Accompanying them were Wayne Lewis [guitar], Blake Williams [banjo], Mark Hembree [bass], and Kenny Baker and Buddy Spicher [fiddle]. The producer was Walter Haynes.

* I’ll Meet You in Church Sunday Morning was the title song of Bill Monroe’s Gospel album released on June 15, 1964.

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About the Author

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.