I’m Going Back To Old Kentucky #153

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.


  • March 2, 1964 LP released – Bill Monroe Sings Country Songs (Vocalion VL 3702) *
  • March 2, 1989 Rounder session for Jim & Jesse –  ?During a session at Home Place Studio in Nashville Jim and Jesse McReynolds with Bill Monroe as a guest recorded a quartet Wicked Path of Sin. Other musicians playing during the session were Jim Buchanan [fiddle], Vic Jordan [banjo], Carl Jackson [guitar] and Roy Huskey [bass]. The vocal arrangements had Jim McReynolds [singing lead], Bill Monroe [tenor], Jesse McReynolds [baritone] and Tater Tate [bass]. Carl Jackson was the producer and the cut was included on the album Music Among Friends (Rounder 0279).

* Bill Monroe Sings Country Songs

Track listing – I’m On My Way Back To The Old Home, Sailor’s Plea, When The Cactus Is In Bloom, Little Girl And The Dreadful Snake, Peach Picking Time Down In Georgia, Used To Be, Out In The Cold World, Close By, New John Hardy Blues, Lonesome Road (To Travel), When The Phone Rang and No One But My Darlin’.

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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.