Remembering Bill Vernon was born on July 4, 1937 in New York, NY; He died on November 20, 1996 in Rocky Mount, Virginia. In his early teens he became enamored with Bluegrass music, publicizing and promoting the genre in many ways. He was a DJ in New York, New Jersey, and Virginia; he wrote liner notes for around a hundred recordings. In 1994 and in 1998 he received the International Bluegrass Music Association’s award for best liner notes, and that organization’s certificate of merit in 1988. He compiled the country music chart for Billboard magazine. He MC’d at many a bluegrass performance or festival, including Bill Monroe’s Bean Blossom Festival in Indiana, and festivals of Ralph Stanley and Carlton Haney. He served as editor for Muleskinner News and wrote many articles on early bluegrass performers for that and other publications, including Bluegrass Unlimited. In 2004, he was inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Museum’s Hall of Fame.
About the authorI enjoy researching Bluegrass, Bluegrass Gospel, and Country birthdays, anniversaries and interesting trivia dates. I am a piano/organ performance major who has taught privately and served as church accompanist since 1968 in North Carolina and Central Kentucky. Although classically trained, I appreciate all genres of music. My mother, who was also a church musician and taught public school music grades K-12, knew that Bluegrass music was the purest American music. She always introduced her students to this fine genre and began my musical studies with her at age 2. Bach to Berachah Valley, Mozart to Jimmy Martin, Sibelius to Stanley Brothers, the list goes on, I hope you find some moments of enjoyment and learn a few interesting facts along the way.
I am thankful for the many resources we have at our fingertips including Google. FaceBook and BluegrassBios by Wayne Rice. It was he who inspired me to tackle the task of trying to pass on knowledge about Bluegrass music. Thanks Wayne~!
Lou Ellen Wilkie