Date: 1993 November 11
Length: 59 min.
Call Number: OHC191
Pioneer bluegrass performer. Born September 13, 1911. Died September 9, 1996. Full name: William Smith Monroe. Career active 1920s-1990s. Known as the Father of Bluegrass. Recognized as a leading force in establishing bluegrass as a country music style. During 1920s-1930s performed with his brother, Charlie Monroe, as the Monroe Brothers. Late 1930 began career with his new band, the Blue Grass Boys. Recorded for RCA, Columbia, and Decca/MCA. Member, International Bluegrass Hall of Honor. Member, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Member, Country Music Hall of Fame®.
1993 November 11
Legendary bluegrass performer Bill Monroe recalls the early years of his career. Discussion includes his family background and the development of his musical interest; early musical influences, including his uncle Pendleton Vandiver (Uncle Pen); his early performances; songs he performed with his brothers; experiences as a traveling musician; comments on early band members; memories of influential musicians; his Grand Ole Opry audition and early Opry appearances; his early recordings, including “Muleskinner Blues,” and “Crying Holy Unto the Lord”; and experiences traveling as a tent show performer.