Bill Monroe, mandolinist
Singer ~ Mandolinist
birth name: William Smith Monroe

Bill Monroe

September 13, 1911, Rosine KY ~ September 9, 1996, Springfield, TN

The father of bluegrass. He invented the style, invented the name, and for the great majority of the 20th century, embodied the art form. ~ Allmusic: Bill Monroe ~ retrieved September 4, 2013 © Allmusic

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William Smith Monroe was a man of few words, but he opened up to fellow bluegrass musician Alice Gerrard, who recorded him in 1969. “I was brought up the best way that I could be brought up with what we had to do with,” Monroe said. “I could have had a better education, and I could have had better clothes to wear to school. I could have had a better chance, you know. But if I'd had the best education in the world, I might have not played music.” ~ NPR: Bill Monroe ~ September 12, 2011 © NPR

More than 150 musicians played in the Blue Grass Boys over the nearly 60 years of Monroe's performing career. Monroe tended to recruit promising young musicians who served an apprenticeship with him before becoming accomplished artists in their own right. Some of Monroe's band members who went on to greater prominence include singer/guitarists Clyde Moody, Lester Flatt, Jack Cook, Mac Wiseman, Jimmy Martin, Carter Stanley, Del McCoury, Peter Rowan, Roland White, Roland Dunn and Doug Green; banjo players Earl Scruggs, Buck Trent, Don Reno, Stringbean, Sonny Osborne, and Bill Keith; and fiddlers Tommy Magness, Chubby Wise, Vassar Clements, Byron Berline, Kenny Baker, Bobby Hicks, Gordon Terry, and Glen Duncan. Monroe also regularly performed with flat-picking guitar virtuoso Doc Watson. ~ Wikipedia: Bill Monroe ~ retrieved January 26, 2016 © Wikipedia

Bill Monroe ~ Inducted in the 1997 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame ~ While Monroe would humbly say, “I’m a farmer with a mandolin and a high tenor voice,” he and His Blue Grass Boys essentially created a new musical genre out of the regional stirrings that also led to the birth of such related genres as Western Swing and honky-tonk. ~ 1997 © Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

In 1995 two songs by Bill Monroe made it to the 500 Songs That Shaped Rock & Roll ~ Blue Moon Of Kentucky ~ Mule Skinner Blues

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