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Bill Monroe

  • American musician
  • Born September 13, 1911
  • Died September 9, 1996

William Smith Monroe (; 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.


I'm a farmer with a mandolin and a high tenor voice.




I was determined to carve out a music of my own. I didn't want to copy anybody.




Bluegrass is wonderful music. I'm glad I originated it.




Practice every time you get a chance.




Bluegrass has brought more people together and made more friends than any music in the world. You meet people at festivals and renew acquaintances year after year.




Country music belongs to America.



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