I’m Going Back To Old Kentucky #140

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.

  • February 17, 1936 Recording session –  At Southern Radio Corporation Building, 208 South Tyron Street, Charlotte, North Carolina, Bill and Charlie Monroe have the first Monroe Brothers session for RCA Victor, during which they record ten songs: My Long Journey Home, What Is Home Without Love?, What Would You Give In Exchange?, Little Red Shoes, Nine Pound Hammer Is Too Heavy, On Some Foggy Mountain Top, Drifting Too Far From The Shore, In My Dear Old Southern Home, New River Train and This World Is Not My Home. The producer was Eli Oberstein. *
  • February 17, 1938 Charles Wilburn ‘Buck’ Trent was born in Spartanburg, South Carolina. **

* Their first single What Would You Give In Exchange? c/w This World Is Not My Home (Bluebird BB-6309), released in May 1936, sold 100,000 copies within a few weeks.

** ‘Buck’ Trent had an unconfirmed fill-in role, playing banjo with The Blue Grass Boys, in 1958.

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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.