Bill Monroe

~ Person

Legal name: William Smith Monroe

Also performs as: Albert Price, James B. Smith, Joe Ahr, Rupert Jones, Wilbur Jones


William Smith Monroe (/mənˈr/; September 13, 1911 – September 9, 1996) was an American mandolinist, singer, and songwriter who created the style of music known as 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. He is often referred to as the Father of Bluegrass.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1961 The Great Bill Monroe Bill Monroe 1
1974 Road of Life Bill Monroe 1
1976 The Weary Traveler Bill Monroe 1
1984 Bill Monroe & Friends Bill Monroe 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1984 Columbia Historic Edition Bill Monroe 1
1989 Blue Grass 1950-1958 Bill Monroe 1
1993 Blue Moon of Kentucky Bill Monroe 1
1994 The Music of Bill Monroe: 1936 to 1994 Bill Monroe 1
1996 16 Gems Bill Monroe 1
1997 Orange Blossom Special Bill Monroe 1
1997 The Essential Bill Monroe & The Monroe Brothers Bill Monroe 1
1999 Blue Grass 1959-1969 Bill Monroe 1
2002 Blue Moon of Kentucky 1936-1949 Bill Monroe 1
2003 The Essential Collection Bill Monroe 1
2003 Anthology Bill Monroe 1
2003 Classic Cuts '37-'49 Bill Monroe 1
2005 The Legend Lives On Bill Monroe 1
20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Bill Monroe Bill Monroe 1
An Introduction to Bill Monroe & The Bluegrass Boys Bill Monroe 1
Lookin' Back Bill Monroe 1
The Country Music Hall of Fame: Bill Monroe Bill Monroe 1
The Gospel Spirit Bill Monroe 1
True Life Blues: The Songs of Bill Monroe Bill Monroe 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1993 Live Duet Recordings 1963-1980: Off the Record, Volume 2 Bill Monroe & Doc Watson 1
1999 Live From Mountain Stage Bill Monroe 1
1980-08-07: The White House Bill Monroe & Doc Watson 1
Bean Blossom Bill Monroe 1
Silver Eagle Cross Country Music Show Presents Bill Monroe Bill Monroe 1

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