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 176-200 of 338 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca NA 10186 3/20/1958 I am a pilgrim-2 Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 10191 3/21/1958 Wayfaring stranger-1, 2 Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 10192 3/21/1958 A beautiful life-2 Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 10193 3/21/1958 House of gold-1 Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 10221 4/8/1958 Panhandle country Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 10222 4/8/1958 Scotland Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 10516 12/1/1958 Gotta travel on Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 10517 12/1/1958 No one but my darlin' Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 10518 12/1/1958 Big Mon (Instrumental) Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 10519 12/1/1958 Monroe's hornpipe (Instrumental) Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 10592 1/30/1959 When the phone rang Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 10593 1/30/1959 (Tomorrow) I'll be gone Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 10594 1/30/1959 Dark as the night, blue as the day Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 10595 1/30/1959 Stoney lonesome (Instrumental) Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 10902 11/25/1959 Lonesome wind blues-1 Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 10903 11/25/1959 Thinking about you Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 10904 11/25/1959 Come go with me Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 11333 11/30/1960 Sold down the river Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 11334 11/30/1960 Linda Lou Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 11335 11/30/1960 You live in a world all your own Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 11336 11/30/1960 Little Joe Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 11341 12/1/1960 Put my rubber doll away Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 11342 12/1/1960 Seven year blues Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 11343 12/1/1960 Time changes everything Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 11344 12/1/1960 Lonesome road blues Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
(Results 176-200 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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