I’m Going Back To Old Kentucky #175

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 24, 1947 Single released – Mansions for Me / Mother’s Only Sleeping (Columbia 20107, 37294, 78rpm)
  • March 24, 1969 Rual Yarbrough joined the Blue Grass Boys.  *

* Yarbrough first played banjo with Bill Monroe in the early 1960s, filling in when Monroe was between regular banjo players.

He was recruited full time in the spring of 1969, replacing Vic Jordan.

Here, Yarbrough joins Bill Monroe, James Monroe, Kenny Baker and Bill Yates for a rendition of Wicked Path Of Sin.


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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.