Charlie Monroe

Date: 1972 September 03
Length: 96 min.
Call Number: OH502


Country performer and bandleader. Born July 4, 1903. Died September 27, 1975. Full name: Charles Pendleton Monroe. Career most active 1930s-1950s. Performed with his brother, Bill Monroe, during the late 1920s-1930s as the Monroe Brothers. The duo broke up in 1938. Formed the Kentucky Pardners and recorded with them during the late 1930s-1950s on the RCA and Decca labels. Recordings include “Bringin’ in the Georgia Mail,” and “Old Kentucky Bound.”

Interview Summary

1972 September 3
(1 hour, 36 minutes)
Country performer Charlie Monroe talks about his life and career after the breakup of the Monroe Brothers. Discussion includes the original Kentucky Pardners; a description of his tent show; the role of comedy in early country shows; his patent medicine, Man-O-Ree; his experiences as a traveling performer; memories of his sidemen; his recording career; working with his brother, Bill Monroe; his Kentucky farm; memories from his personal life, including his wife’s illness; and his work outside of the music business.