I’m Going Back To Old Kentucky #334

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 30, 1954 Gordon Reid was born in Greeneville, Tennessee. *
  • August 30, 1981 Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys performed on the last day of the three day Waterloo Bluegrass Festival, Waterloo Village, Stanhope, New Jersey.
  • August 30, 2010 Jack Paget passed away in Red Deer Regional Hospital, Alberta, Canada.  He was aged 93. **

* Reid filled-in as a Blue Grass Boy in the mid 1970s while playing full time for James Monroe and then later for four months in 1981 while he was working for Jimmy Martin.

** A multi-instrumentalist, Jack Paget spent most of his life in Canada as a radio and touring musician, fronting the Melody Round-Up Boys. In the late 1940 and early 1950s he adopted the name Cowboy Jack and worked on various radio stations including CFQC Saskatoon. Later he played steel guitar for Hal Lone Pine.

While touring with Bill Monroe he adopted the character Uncle Hiram and it was in that guise that he did comedy routines.

On his return to Nashville he worked with the Everly Brothers and Little Jimmy Dickens, and backed Ray Price on one of his Grand Ole Opry appearances

Paget also toured America with Mel Tillis, a young Brenda Lee and Patsy Cline.

Back in Canada he settled in Edmonton and then in the Red Deer area working on radio stations there.

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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.