I’m Going Back To Old Kentucky #33

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.

  • November 2, 1968 Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys appeared at the two-day Lake Norman Bluegrass Festival (Highway 150 between Lincolnton and Mooresville), Terrell, North Carolina.
  • November 2, 1999 CD released – Bill Monroe – Best of Bill Monroe: The Millennium Collection (MCA Nashville 088 170 109-2) *

* Best of Bill Monroe – The Millennium Collection (MCA Nashville 088 170 109-2)  This 12 track collection is one of the 20th Century Masters series, which features music from a variety of country music artists including Flatt & Scruggs and the Stanley Brothers.

Track listing – Blue Moon Of Kentucky, Footprints In The Snow, New Mule Skinner Blues, Uncle Pen, In The Pines, I’m Working On A Building, Gotta Travel On, Scotland, Molly & Tenbrooks, I’m Sitting On Top Of The World, I Saw The Light and My Sweet Blue-Eyed Darlin‘.

The Millennium Collection is a good, basic collection of many of the best-known recordings of Bill Monroe ‘s best-known songs, including Blue Moon of Kentucky, In the Pines, New Mule Skinner Blues, Uncle Pen, I’m Sitting on Top of the World, I Saw the Light and My Sweet Blue-Eyed Darlin’. These may not be his most historically important recordings, and undeniably there are some classic songs missing, but this should satisfy casual listeners on a tight budget.”

Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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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.