(1911 - 1996)
September 13, 1911, Rosine,
September 9, 1996, Springfield,
In 1938, William Smith Monroe named his
band the Blue Grass Boys in honor of his home state
(Kentucky) and their distinctive brand of music came
to identify a style, of which Bill Monroe is the
Although he played
several string instruments, the mandolin became his
primary vehicle and basic sound of Bluegrass.
The Blue Grass Boys
made their first appearance in October 1939 on WSM’s
Opry after Bill had attained prominence as
part of the Monroe Brothers.
He and brother
Charlie (1903 - 1975) recorded 60 songs for Bluebird
Records between 1936 and 1938, including “Kentucky
Waltz,” which he wrote. Monroe has inspired
countless pickers and will forever be remembered for
that High and Lonesome Sound.
By Carl P.
McConnell talks about the Carter Family, Doc
Original Virginia Boys and the early days of