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Bill Monroe (I) (1911–1996)

Born in Rosine Kentucky, he was the youngest of eight children. Orphaned at age 11 he was raised by his uncle, fiddler Pendleton Vandiver. Learning the fiddle from his mother and taught further by his uncle, at an early age he began playing dances with uncle and brothers. Besides his uncle (whom he immortalized in the song "Unlce Pen") his musical... See full bio »

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 2008-2014 The Marty Stuart Show (TV Series) (writer - 10 episodes)
- Bela Fleck (2014) ... (writer: "Get Up, John" - uncredited)
- The Cast (2013) ... (writer: "My Last Days on Earth" - uncredited)
- The Del McCoury Band (2013) ... (writer: "White House Blues" - uncredited)
- Ricky Scaggs and Kentucky Thunder (2013) ... (writer: "The Watson Blues")
- Alison Krauss and Union Station (2012) ... (writer: "Wheel Hoss" - uncredited)
 2011 Conan O'Brien Can't Stop (Documentary) (writer: "Blue Moon of Kentucky")
 2010 Country's Greatest Stars Live: Vol. 1 (Video) (performer: "Blue Moon Of Kentucky", "Muleskinner Blues (Blue Yodel #8)") / (writer: "Blue Moon Of Kentucky")
 2007 Opry Video Classics: Pioneers (Video) (performer: "Uncle Pen")
 2007 For the Bible Tells Me So (Documentary) (performer: "Lord Protect My Soul") / (writer: "Lord Protect My Soul")
 2005 A Tribute to the King (Video documentary) (writer: "Blue Moon Of Kentucky")
 2005 American Masters (TV Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode)
- No Direction Home: Bob Dylan (2005) ... (performer: "Drifting Too Far From The Shore")
 2005 Elvis: The Memphis Flash (Video documentary) (writer: "Blue Moon Of Kentucky")
 2003 Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat (writer: "Rawhide", "Big Mon")
 2003 Elvis Presley: The Back Story, Vol. 1 (Video documentary) (writer: "Blue Moon of Kentucky")
 2003 Estradilla: Agents & Elvis (TV Movie) (writer: "Blue Moon of Kentucky")
 2001 Elvis: The Missing Years (Video documentary) (writer: "Blue Moon of Kentucky")
 2000 Men of Honor (performer: "Blue Yodel #4")
 1997 Lawn Dogs (performer: "In The Pines")
 1997 Fire Down Below (writer: "Kentucky Waltz")
 1993 Quantum Leap (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Memphis Melody - July 3, 1954 (1993) ... (writer: "Blue Moon of Kentucky" - as B. Monroe)
 1992 Delta (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Climb That Mountain (1992) ... (writer: "Blue Moon of Kentucky" - uncredited)
 1991 Wedlock (performer: "All the Good Times Are Past and Gone" - uncredited)
 1990 Big Bad John (writer: "Uncle Pen")
 1988 Dolly (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Nashville Memories (1988) ... (performer: "Mule Skinner Blues (Blue Yodel #8)")
 1987 Planes, Trains & Automobiles (writer: "Blue Moon of Kentucky" (1948))
 1986 The Money Pit (performer: "CANDY GAL") / (writer: "CANDY GAL")
 1985 Sweet Dreams (writer: "Blue Moon of Kentucky")
 1980 Coal Miner's Daughter (writer: "Blue Moon of Kentucky")
 1979 Country Superstars of the 70s (TV Movie) (performer: "Country Is") / (writer: "Little Cabin Home on the Hill")
 1978 50 Years of Country Music (TV Movie) (performer: "Mule Skinner Blues")
 1968-1976 The Porter Wagoner Show (TV Series) (performer - 2 episodes)
- Sharon Vaughn/Bill and James Monroe (1976) ... (performer: "Tall Pines")
- Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys (1968) ... (performer: "Train 45 Headin' South", "I Saw The Light", "Dusty Miller" (instrumental))
  The Johnny Cash Show (TV Series) (writer - 4 episodes, 1969 - 1971) (performer - 2 episodes, 1970 - 1971)
- History of Country Music: Part 2 (1971) ... (performer: "Uncle Pen") / (writer: "Uncle Pen")
- Episode #2.8 (1970) ... (performer: "Blue Moon of Kentucky") / (writer: "Blue Moon of Kentucky")
- Episode #1.28 (1970) ... (writer: "Blue Moon of Kentucky")
- Episode #1.3 (1969) ... (writer: "Blue Moon of Kentucky")
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Other Works:

CD: "Blue Moon of Kentucky" (SSP) See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Biographical Movies | 1 Print Biography | 1 Article | See more »

Alternate Names:

Bill Monroe and His Blue Grass Boys

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Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997 (under the category Early Influence). See more »


The Father of Bluegrass

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