I’m Going Back To Old Kentucky #63

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.

  • December 2, 1970 Recording session – In an early evening session at Bradley’s Barn Mount Juliet, Tennessee, Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys under the direction of producer Walter Haynes, recorded three songs – Kentucky Waltz, The Girl in the Blue Velvet Band and My Little Georgia Rose. Monroe was assisted by son James [guitar], Gordon Terry [fiddle, guitar on The Girl in the Blue Velvet Band], Bobby Thompson [banjo], Joe Stuart [bass], Kenny Baker and Red Hayes [both playing fiddle].

Here’s Bill Monroe singing one of those songs that he recorded 40 years ago today, My Little Georgia Rose …….


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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.