Bill Monroe

William Smith Monroe (/mənˈr/; September 13, 1911[1] – September 9, 1996)[2] was an American mandolinist, singer, and songwriter, who created the bluegrass music genre. Because of this, he is often called the "Father of Bluegrass".[3]

Bill Monroe
Monroe (left) and his brother Charlie in 1936
Background information
Birth nameWilliam Smith Monroe
Born(1911-09-13)September 13, 1911
Rosine, Kentucky, U.S.
OriginKentucky, U.S.
DiedSeptember 9, 1996(1996-09-09) (aged 84)
Springfield, Tennessee, U.S.
InstrumentsMandolin, guitar
Years active1927–1996

The genre takes its name from his band, the Blue Grass Boys, who named their group for the bluegrass of Monroe's home state of Kentucky. Monroe's performing career spanned 69 years as a singer, instrumentalist, composer and bandleader.

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