I’m Going Back To Old Kentucky #358

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.

  • September 23, 1963 Single released – New John Henry Blues / Devil’s Dream (Decca 31540, 45rpm)
  •  September 23, 1986  ‘Jack’ Shook died, aged 76.  *

 * Jack Shook played guitar during a session for Bill Monroe in April 1951.

Earlier he had played rhythm guitar during two sessions for Hank Williams.

Left-handed Shook with his Missouri Mountaineers was a member of the Grand Ole Opry when Bill Monroe joined in October 1939. Shook recorded eight sides for Coral in 1950 and others with Dottie Dillard and Owen Bradley & His Quintet.

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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.