I’m Going Back to Old Kentucky #6

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.

  • October 6, 1948 – Byron Parker died in Providence Hospital, Richland County, South Carolina, of a heart attack. He was aged 37. *
  • October 6, 1969 – Single released – Fireball Mail/With Body and Soul (Decca 7 – 32574, 45rpm)
  • October 6, 1986 – Art Wooten died after a long illness in Sparta, North Carolina, age 80.

* Byron Parker worked with Bill and Charlie Monroe until their partnership ended, doing a variety of odd jobs. He worked with Snuffy Jenkins and Pappy Sherill thereafter.

His role with The Monroe Brothers has been described as “half-disc jockey and half-frontman vocalist.”

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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.