I’m Going Back to Old Kentucky #13

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.

  • October 13, 1952 Single released – Footprints in the Snow/In the Pines (Decca 9 – 28416, 78rpm, 28416, 45rpm)
  • October 13, 1971 Bill Monroe hosted the First ‘Early Bird Bluegrass Concert’ held at the Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, Tennessee, as part of the DJ Convention/WSM Birthday Celebration. Other bands that appeared during the concert were Jim & Jesse, Lester Flatt, Reno / Harrell / Smiley, and Ralph Stanley.
  • October 13, 1972 Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys played the three-day Arkansas Bluegrass Festival, Heber Springs, Arkansas, located 50 miles north of Little Rock. The festival was co-presented by Bill Monroe and Lester Flatt.
  • October 13, 1984 Ricky Skaggs’ recording of Bill Monroe‘s salutary song Uncle Pen reached No 1 in the Billboard country music chart.

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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.