I’m Going Back To Old Kentucky #155

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 4, 1923 James Wilson ‘Chick’ Stripling was born in Tifton, Georgia.  *
  • March 4, 1943 Bill and Carolyn Monroe paid $11000 cash for a 44-acre farm on Dickerson Road, Nashville.

* Stripling, a veteran Georgia fiddler and comic, was with the band only a few months during 1947.

He also worked for a time with The Stanley Brothers, and on the Old Domionion Barn Dance, broadcast from Richmond, VA on WRVA.

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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.