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bill monroe (William Smith Monroe) (September 13, 1911 – September 9, 1996) was an American musician who created the style of music known as , which takes its name from his band, the "Blue Grass Boys," named for Monroe's home state of Kentucky. Monroe's performing career spanned 60 years as a singer, instrumentalist, composer and bandleader. He is often referred to as The Father of Bluegrass.

In 1929, Monroe moved to Indiana to work at an oil refinery with… read more

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