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 126-150 of 338 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca NA 3178 11/28/1953 Wishing waltz Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 3179 11/28/1953 I hope you have learned-1 Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 3180 11/28/1953 Get up John Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 3205 1/7/1954 (I'm traveling) On and on-1 Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys instrumentalist, mandolin, vocalist  
Decca NA 3206 1/7/1954 I believed in you darling-1 Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys instrumentalist, mandolin, vocalist  
Decca NA 3207 1/7/1954 New John Henry blues Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 3208 1/7/1954 Whitehouse blues Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 3212 1/8/1954 Sittin' alone in the moonlight-1 Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 3213 1/8/1954 Plant some flowers by my grave Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 3214 1/8/1954 Changing partners Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 3215 1/8/1954 Y'all come Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 3235 1/14/1954 Happy on my way Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys instrumentalist, mandolin, vocalist  
Decca NA 3236 1/14/1954 I'm working on a building Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys instrumentalist, mandolin, vocalist  
Decca NA 3237 1/14/1954 A voice from on high Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys instrumentalist, mandolin, vocalist  
Decca NA 3238 1/14/1954 He will set your fields on fire Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys instrumentalist, mandolin, vocalist  
Decca NA 3341 6/26/1954 Close by Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 3342 6/26/1954 My little Georgia Rose Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 3343 6/26/1954 Put my little shoes away Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 3364 9/4/1954 Blue moon of Kentucky Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 3413 12/31/1954 Wheel hoss (Instrumental) Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 3414 12/31/1954 Cheyenne Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 3415 12/31/1954 You'll find her name written here Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 3416 12/31/1954 Roanoke (Instrumental) Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 3425 1/28/1955 Wait a little longer please Jesus-1 Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 3426 1/28/1955 Let the light shine down on me Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
(Results 126-150 of 338 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Monroe, Bill," accessed January 19, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103708.

Monroe, Bill. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 19, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103708.

"Monroe, Bill." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 19 January 2021.

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

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