Bill Monroe

Date: 1994 January 06
Length: 52 min.
Call Number: OHC194


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®.

Interview Summary

1994 January 6
(52 minutes)
Legendary bluegrass performer Bill Monroe discusses aspects of his career from the mid-1960s-early 1990s. Discussion includes bluegrass festivals, including the first Carlton Haney festival in 1965; his band members during these years, including Pete Rowan; stories behind some of his songs, including “The Dead March” and “Goin’ Up Caney”; his album, Country Music Hall of Fame®; the growing popularity of bluegrass outside the U. S. and his trip to Japan; new bluegrass performers; and comments on the continued growth in the popularity of bluegrass music.