I’m Going Back To Old Kentucky #256

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.

  • June 13, 1966 LP released – The High Lonesome Sound Of Bill Monroe (Decca DL 4780) *
  • June 13, 1996 For the first time ever in the history of the Bean Blossom Bluegrass Celebration festival started in 1967. Bill Monroe did not appear, being terminally ill.
  • June 13, 1989 Recording session – Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys recorded on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry, Nashville, Tennessee.  **

* The High Lonesome Sound Of Bill Monroe

Track listing – My Little Georgia Rose, Letter From My Darlin’, Memories Of Mother And Dad, Highway Of Sorrow, On The Old Kentucky Shore, On And On, My Dying Bed, Memories Of Toy, Whitehouse Blues, Sugar Coated Love, I’m Blue I’m Lonesome and When The Golden Leaves Begin To Fall.

(re-issued in 1973 on MCA-110)

** Some of the songs noted as being recorded on May 5, 1989, were recorded either on this date, on June 14, 1989 or June 27, 1989.

The tracks were released on the album Bill Monroe – Live at the Opry: Celebrating 50 Years on the Grand Ole Opry (MCA Special Products MCAD 42286).  (See I’m Going back to Old Kentucky # 217)

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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.