I’m Going Back To Old Kentucky #50

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.

  • November 19, 1970 Chick Stripling died in Alexandria, Virginia, aged 47.  *
  • November 19, 1980 Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys recorded a concert for TV’s Austin City Limits program. Video clips from this set along with other TV performances were broadcast on a special Austin City Limits tribute to Bill Monroe shortly after his death.
  • November 19, 2001 CD released – Bill Monroe – Mansions for Me (Music Mill Entertainment MME 71007) **

* A fiddler and comedian, Stripling played bass in the Blue Grass Boys for just a few months in 1947.

More often he is linked with the Stanley Brothers with whom he was also noted for his minstrel/vaudeville dances and routines.

** Bill Monroe – Mansions For Me consisted of 10 Gospel songs from the ‘classic’ line-up of the Blue Grass Boys.

Track listing – Mansions For Me, Shining Path, Mother’s Only Sleeping, Wicked Path Of Sin, The Old Cross Road, I Hear A Sweet Voice Calling, Remember The Cross, Little Community Church, Shine Hallelujah and That Home Above.

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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.