I’m Going Back To Old Kentucky #296

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.

  • July 23, 1951 Single released – Rotation Blues / Lonesome Truck Driver’s Blues (Decca 46344, 78rpm)
  • July 23, 1973 Bill Monroe hosted a “Bluegrass Revival” at the Ryman Auditorium, one of the last large events before the Opry’s departure. The Grand Ole Opry moved to the 4,400-seat Grand Ole Opry House, situated nine miles east of downtown Nashville, on March 16, 1974. It was originally part of the Opyland USA theme park, but it is now adjacent to the Opry Mills mall, which was built in 1997 on the land occupied by the theme park.

Video time ….. Bill Monroe accompanied by Tom Ewing, on guitar, Blake Williams, on banjo, ‘Tater’ Tate on bass, and Jimmy Campbell on fiddle, perform My Sweet Blue-eyed Darling.

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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.