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 151-175 of 338 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca NA 9177 9/16/1955 Used to be Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 9178 9/16/1955 Tall timber (Instrumental)-1, 2 Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 9179 9/16/1955 Brown County breakdown (Instrumental)-2, 3 Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 9813 4/20/1957 A fallen star Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 9814 4/20/1957 Four walls Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 9815 5/14/1957 A good woman's love Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 9816 5/14/1957 Cry, cry darlin' Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 9817 5/14/1957 I'm sitting on top of the world Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 9818 5/15/1957 Out in the cold world Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 9819 5/15/1957 Roane County prison Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 9820 5/15/1957 Good-bye, old pal Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 9821 5/15/1957 In despair-1 Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 9822 5/15/1957 Molly and Tenbrooks Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 9823 5/15/1957 Come back to me in my dreams Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 10045 12/15/1957 Sally-Jo Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 10046 12/15/1957 Brand new shoes Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 10047 12/15/1957 A lonesome road (to travel) Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 10163 2/25/1958 I saw the light Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 10164 2/25/1958 Lord, build me a cabin in glory Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 10165 2/25/1958 Lord, lead me on Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 10181 3/19/1958 Precious memories-1 Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 10182 3/19/1958 I'll meet you in the morning Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 10183 3/19/1958 Life's railway to heaven-1 Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 10184 3/20/1958 I've found a hiding place-1 Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 10185 3/20/1958 Jesus hold my hand-1 Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
(Results 151-175 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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