I’m Going Back To Old Kentucky #335

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 31, 1964 Concert recording – A recording of Foggy Mountain Top was made during a concert performance by Bill Monroe and Doc Watson at a New London, Connecticut, venue. *
  • August 31, 1975 Bill Monroe won the Best Mandolin player award presented by Muleskinner News magazine during Carlton Haney’s 11th Annual Bluegrass Music Festival at Blue Grass Park, Camp Springs, North Carolina.
  • August 31, 2001 Book published – A paperback edition of Richard D Smith’s biography Can’t You Hear Me Callin’: The Life of Bill Monroe, Father of Bluegrass was published. (DaCapo Press, ISBN 0306810549, 978-0306810541 352 pages) **

* The recording was included on the album Live Duet Recordings 1963 – 1980, Off the Record Vol. 2 (Smithsonian/Folkways SF 40064), released in 1993.

** There were a number of revisions made to the original manuscript prior to the publication of the paperback edition.

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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.