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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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Men of Honor Soundtrack
The Money Pit Soundtrack
The Cat in the Hat Soundtrack


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 1964 Hootenanny (TV Series)
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CD: "Bill Monroe: RCA Country Legends" See more »

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

Alternate Names:

Bill Monroe and His Blue Grass Boys


Della Streeter  (his death) | See more »

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Biography in: "American National Biography". Supplement 1, pp. 419-420. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002. See more »


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