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 201-225 of 338 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca NA 11345 12/3/1960 Big river Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 11346 12/3/1960 Flowers of love Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 11347 12/3/1960 It's mighty dark to travel Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 11348 12/3/1960 Blue grass, part 1 (Blue grass twist ED-2724, DL(7)-4393: MCA2-4090) Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 11803 11/9/1961 Little Maggie Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 11804 11/9/1961 I'm going back to Old Kentucky Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 11805 11/9/1961 Toy heart Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 11806 11/10/1961 Shady grove-1 Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 11807 11/10/1961 Nine pound hammer Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 11808 11/10/1961 Live and let live Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 11819 12/1/1961 Danny boy Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 11820 12/1/1961 Cotton fields-1 Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 11821 12/1/1961 Journey's end Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 11822 12/4/1961 John Hardy Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 11823 12/4/1961 Bugle call rag Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 11824 12/4/1961 Old Joe Clark Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 12025 4/25/1962 There was nothing we could do Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 12026 4/25/1962 I was left on the street Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 12027 4/25/1962 Cheap love affair Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 12030 4/26/1962 When the bees are in the hive Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 12031 4/26/1962 Big ball in Brooklyn Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 12032 4/26/1962 Columbus stockade blues Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 12045 5/3/1962 Blue Ridge Mountain blues Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 12046 5/3/1962 How will explain about you Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Decca NA 12047 5/3/1962 Foggy river Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin  
(Results 201-225 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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