I’m Going Back To Old Kentucky #206

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.

  • April 24, 1985 Bill Monroe, age 73, married Della Scivers Streeter, age 43, thus making her his second wife.
  • April 24, 1996 Bill Monroe had a heart pacemaker fitted while in the Tennessee Christian Medical Center, in Madison.
  • April 24, 2000 CD released – Famous Country Music Makers: the Father of Bluegrass (Castle Pulse PLS CD 359, UK) *

* Famous Country Music Makers: the Father of Bluegrass, 20 tracks

Track listing – Blue Moon of Kentucky, Mule Skinner Blues, Kentucky Waltz, Footprints in the Snow, Rocky Road Blues, Blue Yodel No. 4, Blue Yodel No. 7, Sweetheart, you Done me Wrong, Little Cabin on the Hill, My Rose of Old Kentucky, Molly and Tenbrooks, Orange Blossom Special, Honky Tonk Swing, In the Pines, Heavy Traffic Ahead, Toy Heart, Mother’s Only Sleeping, No Letter in the Mail, Six White Horses and Tennessee Blues.

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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.