I’m Going Back To Old Kentucky #332

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 28, 1966 Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys made a personal appearance at The First Annual Pennsylvania Bluegrass Festival at Ontelaunee Park, Route 43, New Tripoli, Pennsylvania.
  • August 28, 1971 Doug Hutchens terminated his tenure as a Blue Grass Boy after a show at the Philadelphia Folk Festival.
  • August 28, 1976 Tom Mullen filled in, playing mandolin.  *

* Tom Mullen, who plays mandolin for Within Tradition, is from Helena, Montana, though originally from the Southern California area.

He has over 30 years of bluegrass music experience with credits that include stints with Earl Taylor and the Stoney Mountain Boys, The Bluegrass Cardinals and many others from California and Montana.

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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.