I’m Going Back To Old Kentucky #360

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 25, 1944 Harold Streeter was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. *
  •  September 25, 1986 Bill Monroe was presented with the IBMA Distinguished Achievement Award in the Showroom Lounge during the World of Bluegrass convention at the Executive Inn Rivermont, Owensboro, Kentucky.
  • September 25, 1994 Video released – High LonesomeThe Story Of Bluegrass Music (Rachel Liebling) Shanachie, VHS, 95 min
  • September 25, 2007 CD released – Bill Monroe – Pure (Direct Source 8414) **

* Harold Streeter played banjo for Bill Monroe while still at high school from 1959 to 1963. He was asked to join the Blue Grass Boys but declined; Bill Keith took the opening that presented itself.

Streeter has played music in a variety of styles, including rock, jazz, folk, bluegrass and country; working with Pete Seeger, Tom Paxton, Bobby Vinton and Eric Weissburg, among many others.

Since 1974 he has, through his LeWalt Publishing company, supplied tablature and other instructional materials for beginners to advanced level for guitar, 5-string banjo, mandolin and Dobro.

Currently Streeter is class guitar and 5-string banjo instructor for North Idaho College in Post Falls, Idaho.

** Bill Monroe – Pure, 12 tracks

This mixed collection includes the Monroe Brothers’ recording of On the Banks of the Ohio.

Track listing – Blue Moon of Kentucky, Orange Blossom Special, New Mule Skinner Blues, Uncle Pen, Kentucky Waltz, Dog House Blues, On the Banks of the Ohio, Molly and Tenbrooks, Blue Grass Breakdown, In the Pines, Footprints in the Snow and Wicked Path of Sin.


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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.