I’m Going Back To Old Kentucky #331

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 27, 1925 Carter Glen Stanley was born in Stratton, Virginia. *
  • August 27, 1937 James Dee ‘J D’ Crowe was born in Lexington, Kentucky.  **
  • August 27, 2002 CD released –  The Very Best Of Bill Monroe And His Blue Grass Boys (MCA 088 112 982 – 2) ***

* Carter Stanley, the long-time leader of the Stanley Brothers, joined the Blue Grass Boys in June 1951.

During that summer Stanley was involved in two recording sessions, singing lead on Sugar Coated Love, Cabin of Love, You’re Drifting Away and Get Down On Your Knees And Pray.

He resumed his partnership with brother Ralph after just four months working for Bill Monroe.

** J D Crowe filled-in on banjo during 1965.

*** The Very Best Of Bill Monroe And His Blue Grass Boys, 22 tracks

This album was superseded by The Definitive Collection (MCA Nashville CD 4424), which was released on April 19, 2005. The track sequencing and notes by Mary Katherine Aldin are identical. (see I’m Going back to Old Kentucky #201)

Track listing – Blue Moon of Kentucky, Jimmy Brown the Newsboy, I Saw the Light, Goodbye Old Pal, Footprints in the Snow, Roll on Buddy, Roll On, I’m Going Back to Old Kentucky, Molly & Tenbrooks, When the Cactus Is in Bloom, Walls of Time, I’m Working on a Building, Scotland, Walk Softly on My Heart (aka Walk Softly on This Heart of Mine), Kentucky Waltz, In the Pines, Toy Heart, New Mule Skinner Blues, Roanoke, Midnight on the Stormy Deep, Uncle Pen, Gotta Travel On and My Last Days on Earth.

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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.