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Bill Monroe - 2002 Inductee

“Father of Bluegrass”, Mandolin, Singer, Songwriter. Was credited with developing and perfecting the Bluegrass music form and taught it to many great names in the industry including his protégés Lester Flat and Earl Scruggs. A descendant of the fifth president of the United States, Monroe began to concentrate on the mandolin at age nine because no family member played that instrument.

In 1932, the three Monroe Brothers toured for WLS in Chicago. In the mid-30’s he and his brother Charlie toured as the Monroe Brothers and recorded for RCA-Victor. In 1939, Monroe made his first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry. He and Charlie split and Monroe formed his first band, the Kentuckians, and then the Bluegrass Boys in the 40’s. It was the leading influence of Monroe’s driving mandolin and his high tenor voice that set the Bluegrass Boys apart. It was while Flat and Scruggs were with the band that Monroe first recorded his now immortal song Blue Moon of Kentucky. During the 40’s, Monroe toured with his tent show, which included his famous baseball team, and David “Stringbean” Akeman, who provided comedy and banjo playing. In 1974, he was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame and in 1989 celebrated his 50th year as a member of the Grand Ole Opry.

Kentucky Music Hall of Fame and Museum
  1. Dale Ann Bradley - 2018 Inductee
  2. Billy Ray Cyrus - 2018 Inductee
  3. Jason Crabb - 2018 Inductee
  4. Jackie DeShannon - 2018 Inductee
  5. David "Stringbean" Akeman - 2018 Inductee
  6. Bobby Lewis - 2018 Inductee
  7. Exile - 2011 Inductees
  8. The Kentucky Headhunters - 2013 Inductees
  9. Jerry Chestnut - 2004 Inductee
  10. John Lee Lair - 2002 Inductee
  11. Red Foley - 2002 Inductee
  12. Coon Creek Girls - 2004 Inductees
  13. Ulys R "Red" Turner - Renfro Valley Performer
  14. Old Joe Clark - 2013 Inductee
  15. Merle Travis - 2002 Inductee
  16. Loretta Lynn - 2002 Inductee
  17. JD Crowe - 2004 Inductee
  18. Bradley Kincaid - 2002 Inductee
  19. Jean Ritchie - 2002 Inductee
  20. Tom T Hall - 2002 Inductee
  21. Pete Stamper - 2015 Inductee
  22. Steve Wariner - 2011 Inductee
  23. Bradley Kincaid - 2002 Inductee
  24. Bill Monroe - 2002 Inductee
  25. Dwight Yoakam - 2008 Inductee
  26. John Conlee - 2006 Inductee
  27. Louis Marshall "Grandpa Jones" - 2002 Inductee
  28. Keith Whitley - 2011 Inductee
  29. Ricky Skaggs - 2004 Inductee
  30. Brian Littrell & Kevin Richardson of The Backstreet Boys - 2015 Inductees
  31. Patty Loveless - 2011 Inductee
  32. Montgomery Genrty - 2015 Inductees
  33. John Michael Montgomery - 2011 Inductee
  34. The Judds - 2006 Inductees
  35. The Everly Brothers - 2002 Inductees
  36. Boots Randolph - 2004 Inductee
  37. Sam Bush - 2006 Inductee