Bill Monroe (1911 - 1996)

American bluegrass player - he is said to have invented the word. Mandolin player.

(recordings 1936 - 1945 are with "The Monroe Brothers", 
recordings 1945 - 1958 are with "Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys"
recordings after 1958 are mostly solo)

Albums - solo.

Title.year.Label. Number
I Saw the Light1959 Decca  DL 8769
Mr. Bluegrass1960 Decca  DL7 4080
[Reissue] 1980MCA MCA 82
The Great Bill Monroe (*)1961 Harmony (Columbia) HS 11335
My All Time Country Favourites1962 DeccaDL 4327
Bluegrass Ramble1962 DeccaDL 74266
Bluegrass Special1962 DeccaDL 74382
I'll Meet You in Church Sunday Morning1964 DeccaDL 74537
Bill Monroe Sings Country Songs1964   
Blue Grass Time 1967 Decca USDL 74896
[Reissue] ?MCA MCA-116
Kentucky Blue Grass 1970 Decca USDL7-5213
[Reissue] ?MCA MCA-136
Uncle Pen1972   
Road of Life1974 MCAMCA-426
Live Duet Recordings 1963 - 1980    
And Friends? ? 
Stars for the Bluegrass Hall of Fame?? 

(* recorded 1945-1948)

Albums - Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys.

Title.year.Label. No.
Knee Deep in Bluegrass1958 Decca US  DL 8785
Bill Monroe and his Bluegrass Boys1970    
16 All-Time Greatest Hits197?    
The Essential Bill Monroe and Monroe Brothers1997    
The Very Best of Bill Monroe and His Bluegrass Boys 1945 - 19492002   
Introduction to Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys2003    

Albums - The Monroe Brothers.

The Monroe Brothers1969 
Feat Here Tonight1975 
16 All-Time Greatest Hits197? 
The Legendary Monroe Brothers1997 
All American Country2005 
Bluegrass Bonanza: The Monroe Legacy, 1936 - 1945  

Multi-volume albums.

And Friends/ Stars of the Bluesgrass Hall of Fame 2010Raven ?

Collaboration - Bill Monroe and Doc Watson.

Title. year. Label.
Bill and Doc 196?  


Title. year. Label. number.
The Great Bill Munroe and His Blue Grass Boys 1961Harmony (Columbia) HL 7290
The Father of Blue Grass Music 1962RCA CamdenCAL-719
Bluegrass Instrumentals1965 Decca US74601
[Reissue]? MCAMCA-104
The High Lonesome Sound of Bill Monroe and His Blue Grass Boys1966  
A Voice From On High1969  
Bill Monroe's Greatest Hits1973  
The Best of1975  
The Original Bluegrass Band1978  
The Country Hall of Fame1980  
Bluegrass 1950 - 19581990  
Bluegrass 1959 - 19691991 Bear FamilyBCD15529 DH
[Reissue]2001 Bear Family 
The Music of Bill Monroe Sampler 1994  
In the Pines1994  
Bean Blossom 2002    
Anthology 2003    
The Essential Collection2003 Commercial Marketing   
Father of Bluegrass (The Legend Lives on) (3 CDs) 2005 Golden Stars 
The Definitive Collection2005 Import Music Services 
And His Bluegrass Boys 1950 - 1958 (4 CDs) 2009 JSP 


Title. year. Label. Number
Mule Skinner Blues/ Six White Horse1940 ??
No Letter In The Mail/ Cryin' Holy Unto The Lord1941?
Dog House Blues/ Katy Hill1941? ?
I Wonder If You Feel The Way I Do/ Tennessee Blues1941? ?
Blue Yodel Number 7 (Anniversary Blue Yodel)/ In The Pines1941? ?
Coupon Song/ Orange Blossom Special 1941  ??
Shake My Mother's Hand For Me/ Were You There1942 ??
Honky Tonk Swing/ Back Up and Push 1942??
Kentucky Waltz/ Rocky Road Blues 1946??
True Life Blues/ Footprints in the Snow 1946??


Title year. Label.
Father of Bluegrass Music 2008 

(Book: "Come Hither To Go Yonder. Playing Bluegrass With Bill Monroe" (2001))

Last updated on 04/02/2011