Bill Monroe

William Smith Monroe (; September 13, 1911 – September 9, 1996) was an American mandolinist, singer, and songwriter, who contributed to the development of the style of music known as bluegrass. Because of this, he is commonly referred to as the "Father of Bluegrass".

The genre takes its name from his band, the Blue Grass Boys, named for Monroe's home state of Kentucky. Monroe's performing career spanned 69 years as a singer, instrumentalist, composer and bandleader.

Birth and Death Data: Born September 13th, 1911 (Rosine), Died September 9th, 1996 (Springfield)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1936 - 1972

Roles Represented in DAHR: mandolin, vocalist, leader, yodeling, songwriter, arranger, composer, guitar

Recordings (Results 226-250 of 338 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca NA 12052 5/10/1962 The old country baptizing-1 Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 12053 5/10/1962 I found the way-1 Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 12054 5/10/1962 This world is not my home Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 12067 5/16/1962 Way down deep in my soul Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 12068 5/16/1962 Drifting too far from the shore Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 12069 5/16/1962 Going home Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 12073 5/17/1962 On the Jericho road Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 12074 5/17/1962 We'll understand it better Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 12075 5/17/1962 Somebody touched me Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 12234 11/23/1962 Careless love Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 12235 11/23/1962 I'm so lonesome I could cry Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 12236 11/23/1962 Jimmy Brown the newsboy Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 12237 11/23/1962 Pass me not-1 Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 12238 11/23/1962 The glory land way Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 12239 11/23/1962 Farther along Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 12257 12/6/1962 Big sandy river Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 12258 12/6/1962 Baker's breakdown Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 12259 12/6/1962 Darling Corey Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 12269 12/10/1962 Cindy-1 Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin, arranger  
Decca NA 12270 12/10/1962 Master builder Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 12271 12/10/1962 Let me rest at the end of my journey Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 12434 3/20/1963 Salt creek (Instrumental) Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 12435 3/20/1963 Devil's dream (Instrumental) Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 12436 3/20/1963 Sailor's hornpipe (Instrumental) Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 12437 3/20/1963 Were you there Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
(Results 226-250 of 338 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Monroe, Bill," accessed January 27, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103708.

Monroe, Bill. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 27, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103708.

"Monroe, Bill." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 27 January 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103708

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