I’m Going back to Old Kentucky #3

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.

  • October 3, 1925 – Marvin Hedrick born in Brown County, Indiana. Hedrick was a senior staff member and soundman at the Brown County Jamboree and early festivals at Bean Blossom. He played guitar for Monroe during an appearance at Bean Blossom in November 1964.
  • October 3, 1977 – LP released, Bluegrass Memories (MCA 2315)
  • October 3, 1989 – CD released, Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass [sic] Boys Live At The Grand Ole Opry (MCA 42286)

Bluegrass Memories

Track Listing – She’s Young (And I’m Growing Old), Texas Bluebonnet, My Sweet Memory, Blue Goose, Christmas Time’s A Comin’, My Florida Sunshine, Sunset Trail, Pinewood Valley, Wabash Cannonball, That’s Christmas Time To Me. [Reissued as MCA-872]

Live At The Grand Ole Opry – This album was released to mark the 50th anniversary of Bill Monroe’s debut appearance on the Grand Ole Opry. The first song was recorded on June 5, 1948. The other tracks were recorded during May and June 1989. The Blue Grass Boys at the time were Tom Ewing, Tater Tate, Blake Williams and Billy Rose.

Track Listing – New Mule Skinner Blues, Molly And Tenbrooks, Footprints In The Snow, Sitting Alone In The Moonlight, Precious Memories, Rawhide, My Sweet Darlin’, In The Pines, Love Please Come Home, Pike County Breakdown, I’m Working On A Building, Watermelon Hanging On The Vine.

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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.