I’m Going Back To Old Kentucky #78

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 17, 1956 Roy Milton Huskey, known as Roy Huskey Jr., was born in Nashville, Tennessee.  *
  • December 17, 1969 Recording session – At this early evening session at Bradley’s Barn, Mount Juliet, Tennessee, Bill Monroe and James Monroe [guitar] record Bonny and Sweet Mary and the Miles In Between. They were assisted by Rual Yarbrough [banjo], Joe Zinkan [bass], and Kenny Baker and Tommy Williams [fiddle]. Harry Silverstein was the producer. The vocal parts to Bonny were recorded on January 19, 1970.

* Roy Milton Huskey was a prominent upright bass player in country music.

He was an early influence on James Monroe’s bass playing style.

Huskey played bass on a few sessions where Bill Monroe was a guest – two of which were for flat picker Glenda Faye’s solo album on Flying Fish (FF 432), one on March 2, 1989 for Jim and Jesse McReynolds when they recorded Wicked Path of Sin for the Rounder album Music Among Friends (Rounder 0279) and one on September 20, 1992, for Mark O’Connor when they recorded Gold Rush for Warner Brothers, Heroes (WB 9 45257-2).

His father, Roy Madison Huskey, Jr., known as ‘Junior’ Huskey was also a notable bass player.

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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.