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 76-100 of 338 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-071077 10-in. 10/2/1941 Back up and push Blue Grass Boys ; Bill Monroe Instrumental trio leader, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 2076 2/3/1950 Blue grass ramble (Instrumental) Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 2077 2/3/1950 New mule skinner blues Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 2078 2/3/1950 My little Georgia Rose Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 2079 2/3/1950 Memories of you Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 2080 2/3/1950 I'm on my way to the old home-1 Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 2081 2/3/1950 Alabama waltz Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 2082 2/3/1950 I'm blue, I'm lonesome-1 Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 2118 4/8/1950 I' ll meet you in church Sunday morning Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 2119 4/8/1950 Boat of love-1 Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 2120 4/8/1950 The old fiddler-2 Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 2254 10/15/1950 Uncle Pen-1 Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 2255 10/15/1950 When the golden leaves begin to fall-1 Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 2256 10/15/1950 Lord protect my soul-2 Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 2257 10/15/1950 River of death-2 Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 2324 1/20/1951 Letter from my darlin' Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys instrumentalist, mandolin, vocalist  
Decca NA 2325 1/20/1951 On the old Kentucky shore Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys instrumentalist, mandolin, vocalist  
Decca NA 2326 1/20/1951 Rawhide(Instrumental) Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys instrumentalist, mandolin, vocalist  
Decca NA 2327 1/20/1951 Poison love Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys instrumentalist, mandolin, vocalist  
Decca NA 2361 3/17/1951 Kentucky waltz Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 2362 3/17/1951 The prisoner's song-1 Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 2363 3/17/1951 Swing low sweet chariot Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 2364 3/17/1951 Angels rock me to sleep Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 2371 3/29/1951 Brake man's blues Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys instrumentalist, mandolin, vocalist  
Decca NA 2372 3/29/1951 Travelin' blues Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys instrumentalist, mandolin, vocalist  
(Results 76-100 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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