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 101-125 of 338 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca NA 2373 3/29/1951 When the cactus is in bloom Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys instrumentalist, mandolin, vocalist  
Decca NA 2379 4/23/1951 The sailor's plea Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 2380 4/23/1951 My Carolina sunshine girl Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 2381 4/23/1952 Ben Dewberry's final run Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 2382 4/23/1951 Peach pickin' time down in Georgia Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 2383 4/23/1951 Those gambler's blues Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 2384 4/23/1951 Highway of sorrow Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 2420 7/1/1951 Rotation blues Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 2421 7/1/1951 Lonesome truck driver's blues Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 2422 7/6/1951 Sugar coated love-1 Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 2423 7/6/1951 You're drifting away Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 2424 7/6/1951 Cabin of love-1 Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 2425 7/6/1951 Get down on your knees and pray Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 2521 10/28/1951 Christmas time's a-coming-1 Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 2522 10/28/1951 The first whippoorwill Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 2781 7/18/1952 In the pines-2 Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist  
Decca NA 2782 7/8/1952 Footprints in the snow Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist  
Decca NA 2783 7/18/1952 Walking in Jerusalem just like John-1, 2 Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 2784 7/18/1952 Memories of Mother and Dad-1 Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 2785 7/18/1952 The little girl and the dreadful snake-1 Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys instrumentalist, mandolin, vocalist  
Decca NA 2786 7/18/1952 Country waltz Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys instrumentalist, mandolin, vocalist  
Decca NA 2787 7/18/1952 Don't put off until tomorrow Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys instrumentalist, mandolin, vocalist  
Decca NA 2788 7/18/1952 My dying bed-1 Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys instrumentalist, mandolin, vocalist  
Decca NA 2801 7/26/1952 A mighty pretty waltz-1 Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 2802 7/26/1952 Pike County breakdown (Instrumental) Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
(Results 101-125 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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