William Smith Monroe was an American mandolinist, singer, and songwriter, who created the style of music known as bluegrass. Because of this, he is often called the “Father of Bluegrass”. The genre takes its name from his band, the Blue Grass Boys, who named their group for the Kentucky bluegrass of Monroe’s home state of Kentucky. Monroe’s performing career spanned 69 years as a singer, instrumentalist, composer and bandleader.
|Birth name:||William Smith Monroe|
|Born:||September 13, 1911, Rosine, Kentucky, U.S.|
|Died:||September 09, 1996, Springfield, Tennessee, U.S.|
|Genres:||Bluegrass, gospel, country, folk|
|Labels:||Bluebird, Columbia, Decca, MCA, RCA Victor|
|Associated acts:||Blue Grass Boys, Birch Monroe, Carter Stanley, Earl Scruggs, Lester Flatt, Emmylou Harris, The Strangers|
|IMDb:||Bill Monroe’s IMDb|
About Bill Monroe
Country singer, songwriter and mandolinist who is known as the Father of Bluegrass. In 1970 he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
He formed his first band, the Monroe Brothers, while working at an Indiana oil refinery.
He is an inductee of the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
He was married to Carolyn Monroe and sometimes performed with his brother Charlie.
He was honored with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1993 with Pete Seeger .
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- Bluegrass musicians from Kentucky
- American bluegrass mandolinists
- Country musicians from Kentucky
- Country Music Hall of Fame inductees
- Grand Ole Opry members
- Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winners
- National Heritage Fellowship winners
- Songwriters from Kentucky
- Singers from Kentucky
- United States National Medal of Arts recipients
- Peabody Award winners
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