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September 13, 1911 - September 9, 1996


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Singer, mandolinist, songwriter and bandleader Bill Monroe is widely considered the "Father of Bluegrass Music". The style takes its name from that of Monroe's band, the Blue Grass Boys, which in turn was named for Monroe's native state of Kentucky.


Biography: Father of Bluegrass Music

Singer, mandolinist, songwriter and bandleader Bill Monroe is widely considered the "Father of Bluegrass Music". The style takes its name from that of Monroe's band, the Blue Grass Boys, which in turn was named for Monroe's native state of Kentucky.

He first performed and recorded with his brother Charlie, as the Monroe Brothers. Following their split in 1938, Bill organized his own band, which he continued to lead until his death in 1996. Many of the great performers in bluegrass got their start as Blue Grass Boys. Monroe became a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1939 and was a regular performer there for over 50 years.

Monroe's style combined the old-time mountain music of his youth, elements of the blues, and an emphasis on driving, virtuoso instrumentals. He steadfastly maintained his acoustic string band sound even at a time when most of country music went electric. His vocal style featured high, keening harmonies, often described by others as "high lonesome".

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 Knee Deep In Blue Grass1958
 I Saw The Light1959
 Mr. Bluegrass1961
 The Great Bill Monroe1961
 Bluegrass Ramble1962
 Bluegrass Special1962
 My All Time Country Favorites1962
 I'll Meet You In Church Sunday Morning1964
 Bluegrass Instrumentals1965
 The High Lonesome Sound1966
 Bluegrass Time1967
 Greatest Hits1967
 A Voice From On High1969
 Bill Monroe And Charlie Monroe1969
 Kentucky Bluegrass1970
 Country Music Hall Of Fame1971
 Bill Monroe's Uncle Pen1972
 Uncle Pen1972
 Bean Blossom1973
 Bill and James Monroe - Father and Son1973
 Road Of Life1974
 Weary Traveller1976
 Bluegrass Memories1977
 Sings Bluegrass Body And Soul1977
 Bill and James Monroe - Together Again1978
 Bean Blossom '791980
 Master of Bluegrass1981
 And Friends1984
 Columbia Historic Edition1984
 And Stars Of The Bluegrass Hall Of Fame1985
 Bluegrass '871987
 Southern Flavor1988
 At His Best1989
 Blue Grass 1950-19581989
 Live At The Opry1989
 Blue Grass 1959 - 19691991
 Country Music Hall Of Fame Series1991
 Cryin' Holy Unto The Lord1991
 Mule Skinner Blues1991
 The Essential Bill Monroe, 1945-1949 (1 review)1992
 Bill Monroe and Doc Watson - Live Duet Recordings 1963-1980, Off The Record vol. 21993
 Live Recordings 1956-1969, Off The Record1993
 Blue Grass 1970-19791994
 The Music of Bill Monroe, 1936-19941994
 16 Gems1996
 The Essential Bill Monroe and the Monroe Brothers1997
 The Early Years 1945-19491998
 Father of Bluegrass - The Early Years 1940-19471999
 James and Bill Monroe - Blue Grass Special Memories1999
 Live From Mountain Stage1999
 Lookin' Back1999
 The Millennium Collection1999
 American Traveler2000
 Live Radio2000
 Blue Grass Special2001
 Live - Volume 12001


 Dog House Blues/Katy Hill1940
 Mule Skinner Blues/Six White Horses1940
 No Letter In The Mail/Cryin' Holy Unto The Lord1940
 Blue Yodel No. 7/In The Pines1941
 I Wonder If You Feel The Way I Do/Tennessee Blues1941
 The Coupon Song/Orange Blossom Special1941
 Honky Tonk Swing/Back Up And Push1942
 Shake My Mother's Hand For Me/Were You There?1942
 Kentucky Waltz/Rocky Road Blues1946
 True Life Blues/Footprints In The Snow1946
 Goodbye Old Pal/Blue Moon Of Kentucky1947
 How Will I Explain About You?/Blue Grass Special1947
 Mansions For Me/Mother's Only Sleeping1947
 Will You Be Loving Another Man?1947
 I Hear A Sweet Voice Calling/Little Cabin Home On The Hill1948
 Little Community Church/That Home Above1948
 My Rose Of Old Kentucky/Sweetheart You Done Me Wrong1948
 Shine Hallelujah Shine/I'm Travelling On And On1948
 Summertime Is Past And Gone/Wicked Path Of Sin1948
 When You Are Lonely/It's Mighty Dark To Travel1948
 Along About Daybreak/Heavy Traffic Ahead1949
 Blue Grass Stomp/The Girl In The Blue Velvet Band1949
 I'm Going Back To Old Kentucky/Molly And Tenbrooks1949
 Remember The Cross/The Old Cross Road1949
 Toy Heart/Blue Grass Breakdown1949
 I'm Blue, I'm Lonesome/Boat Of Love1950
 Memories Of You/Blue Grass Ramble1950
 My Little Georgia Rose/New Mule Skinner Blues1950
 The Old Fiddler/Alabama Waltz1950
 Travellin' This Lonesome Road/Can't You Hear Me Callin'?1950
 When The Golden Leaves Begin To Fall/Uncle Pen1950
 Brakeman's Blues/Travelin' Blues1951
 Get Down On Your Knees And Pray/I'll Meet You In Church Sunday Morning1951
 Poison Love/On The Old Kentucky Shore1951
 Prisoner's Song/Kentucky Waltz1951
 River Of Death/Lord Protect My Soul1951
 Rotation Blues/Lonesome Truck Driver's Blues1951
 Sugar Coated Love/Highway Of Sorrow1951
 Swing Low Sweet Chariot/Angels Rock Me To Sleep1951
 The First Whippoorwill/Christmas Time's A-Coming1951
 A Mighty Pretty Waltz/Pike County Breakdown1952
 Footprints In The Snow/In The Pines1952
 I'm On My Way To The Old Home/The First Whippoorwill1952
 Raw Hide/Letter From My Darlin'1952
 When The Cactus Is In Bloom/Sailor's Plea1952
 Cabin Of Love/Country Waltz1953
 The Little Girl And The Dreadful Snake/Memories Of Mother And Dad1953
 You're Drifting Away/Walking In Jerusalem1953
 A Voice From On High/I'm Working On A Building1954
 Close By/Blue Moon Of Kentucky1954
 Get Up John/White House Blues1954
 Happy On My Way/He Will Set Your Fields On Fire1954
 I Hope You Have Learned/Wishing Waltz1954
 Y'all Come/Changing Partners1954
 Wait A Little Longer, Please Jesus/Let The Light Shine Down On Me1955
 Wheel Hoss/Put My Little Shoes Away1955
 On And On/I Believed In You Darling1956
 A Fallen Star/Four Walls1957
 I'm Sittin' On Top Of The World/Molly And Tenbrooks1957
 You'll Find Her Name Written There/Sittin' Alone In The Moonlight1957
 Brand New Shoes/Sally Jo1958
 Scotland/Panhandle Country1958
 Gotta Travel On/No One But My Darlin'1959
 Tomorrow I'll Be Gone/Dark As The Night, Blue As The Day1959
 Lonesome Wind Blues/Come Go With Me1960
 Precious Memories/Jesus Hold My Hand1960
 Blue Grass Part 1/Flowers Of Love1961
 Linda Lou/Put My Rubber Doll Away1961
 Blue Ridge Mountain Blues/How Will I Explain About You1962
 Toy Heart/Danny Boy1962
 New John Henry Blues/Devil's Dream1963
 There Was Nothing We Could Do/Big Sandy River1963
 Darling Corey/Salt Creek1964
 Mary At The Home Place/Shenandoah Breakdown1964
 Jimmy Brown The Newsboy/Cindy1965
 The Old Old House/I Live In The Past1965
 Master Builder/Going Home1966
 When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again/Pretty Fair Maiden In The Garden1967
 Is The Blue Moon Still Shining?/Train 45 (Heading South)1968
 The Gold Rush/Virginia Darling1968
 Crossing The Cumberlands/I Haven't Seen Mary In Years1969
 Fireball Mail/With Body And Soul1969
 Bonny/Sweet Mary And The Miles In Between1970
 McKinley's March/Walk Softly On My Heart1970
 Going Up Caney/Tallahassee1971
 Lonesome Moonlight Waltz/My Old Kentucky And You1972
 Swing Low Sweet Chariot/Down Yonder1973
 Tall Pines/Foggy Mountain Top1973
 My Sweet Blue Eyed Darling/Monroe's Blues1977

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