I’m Going Back To Old Kentucky #208

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 26, 1962 Recording session – During an afternoon session at the Columbia Recording Studio Bill Monroe recorded When the Bees are in the Hive, Big Ball in Brooklyn and Columbus Stockade Blues. Assisting Monroe were Frank Buchanan [guitar], Tony Ellis [banjo] and Bessie Lee Mauldin [bass], and Benny Williams and Red Stanley [fiddles]. The producer was Owen Bradley. *
  • April 26, 1971 LP released – Bill Monroe’s Country Music Hall of Fame (Decca DL 7-5281) **

* When the Bees are in the Hive and Columbus Stockade Blues are included on the LP Bluegrass Special (Decca DL 4382), which was released on June 17, 1963.

** Bill Monroe’s Country Music Hall of Fame, 11 tracks

Track listing – Mule Skinner Blues, Kentucky Waltz, Get Up John, You’ll Find Her Name Written There, Blue Moon Of Kentucky, Put My Little Shoes Away, Rocky Road Blues, The Girl In The Blue Velvet Band, Summertime Is Past And Gone, Footprints In The Snow and The Gold Rush.

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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.