William Smith Monroe (/mənˈroʊ/; September 13, 1911 – September 9, 1996) was an American mandolinist, singer, and songwriter, who helped to create the style of music known as bluegrass. Because of this, he is commonly referred to as the "Father of 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.
Bluegrass music is a genre of American roots music that developed in the 1940s in the United States Appalachian region. The genre derives its name from the band Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys. Bluegrass has roots in traditional English, Irish, and Scottish ballads and dance tunes, and by traditional African-American blues and jazz.
The Monroe Brothers began as a trio of Birch, Charlie, and Bill Monroe on fiddle, guitar and mandolin respectively, performing square dance songs as well as traditional and gospel numbers. In 1932, Bill and Charlie began touring professionally with the WLS touring company as dancers, appearing with the Hoosier Hot Shots and Red Foley among others, and in 1934 secured the sponsorship of the Texas Crystals Company, a manufacturer of laxatives
Album · 2010 · 25 Songs. Orange Blossom Special. The Stanley Brothers & The Clinch Mountain Boys. The Country Gentlemen Sing and Play Folk Songs and Bluegrass. The Country Gentlemen.
|A1||New River Train||3:35|
|A2||No Home, No Place To Pillow My Head||2:05|
|A3||The Great Speckled Bird||2:10|
|A4||Once I Had A Darling Mother||3:17|
|A5||On The Banks Of The Ohio||3:30|
|A6||Rosa Lee McFall||2:30|
|B1||Bringin' In The Georgia Mail||2:50|
|B2||Weeping Willow Tree||3:16|
|B3||Just A Song Of Old Kentucky||2:20|
|B4||Don't Forget Me||2:37|
|B5||I Am Thinking Tonight Of The Old Folks||2:30|
|B6||Mother's Not Dead, She's Only Sleeping||2:50|
NotesLight blue label with a dark blue perimeter. The RCA Camden logo is at the top, "mono" is directly below at bottom.
|CAL-774, CAL 774||The Monroe Brothers*||Early Blue Grass Music (LP, Album, Comp, Mono, RE)||RCA Camden, RCA Camden||CAL-774, CAL 774||US||Unknown|
|CAL-774||Monroe Brothers||Early Blue Grass Music (LP, Comp, Mono)||RCA Camden||CAL-774||US||1963|