I’m Going Back To Old Kentucky #330

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.

  • August 26, 1973 Marvin Hedrick died following a fall. *
  • August 26, 1988 CD released –  Bill Monroe – Southern Flavor (MCA 41233) **

* Marvin Hedrick, a radio buff and later owner of a nearby radio/television repair shop, was one of the major figures in the life of the Brown County Jamboree from 1941 onwards.

As well as playing guitar for Bill Monroe at one of his Bean Blossom shows, he was responsible for the improvement to the sound system in the barn. In 1963 Hedrick assisted Neil Rosenberg in the running of the park and the following year was one of four partners who formed the Brown County Music Corporation that briefly took on the responsibility of managing operations at the park.

All the many private recordings from Bean Blossom that are circulating among fans almost certainly came from tapes made by Marvin Hedrick.

He fell 40 feet to his death while working on the radio antenna at his shop on the east side of Nashville, Indiana.

** Southern Flavor: In 1989 the album won Bill Monroe the Grammy ® award for Best Bluegrass Recording (Vocal or Instrumental), the first time that this award was made by NARAS.
10 tracks

Track listing – Stone Coal, Life’s Highway, What a Wonderful Life, Texas Lone Star, Give Me Wings, Sugar Loaf Mountain, White Rose, The Days Gone By, Southern Flavor and Take Courage Un’ Tomorrow.

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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.