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Flatt and Scruggs joined a highly accomplished group that included fiddler Howdy Forrester and bassist Joe Forrester and would soon include fiddler Chubby Wise and bassist Howard Wattswho often performed under the name "Cedric Rainwater".
In retrospect, this lineup of the Blue Grass Boys has been dubbed the "Original Bluegrass Band", as the music finally included all the elements that characterize bluegrass music, including breakneck tempos, sophisticated vocal harmony arrangements, and impressive instrumental proficiency demonstrated in solos or "breaks" on the mandolin, banjo, and fiddle.
By this time, Monroe had acquired the Gibson F5 model "Lloyd Loar" mandolin, which became his trademark instrument for the remainder of his career. The last-named was recorded by Elvis Presley inappearing as the B-side of his first single for Sun Records. Monroe gave his blessing to Presley's rock and roll cover of the song, originally a slow ballad in waltz time, and in fact re-recorded it himself with a faster arrangement after Presley's version became a hit.
Several gospel-themed numbers are credited to the "Blue Grass Quartet", which featured four-part vocal arrangements accompanied solely by mandolin and guitar — Monroe's usual practice when performing "sacred" songs. Inafter signing with Decca Records, Monroe entered what has been called the "golden age" of his career  with what many consider the classic "high lonesome" version of the Blue Grass Boys, featuring the lead vocals and rhythm guitar of Jimmy Martinthe You Done Me Wrong (Vinyl) of Rudy Lyle replacing Don Renoand fiddlers such as Merle "Red" Taylor, Charlie ClineBobby HicksWilliam Hicks and Vassar Clements.
Carter Stanley joined the Blue Grass Boys as guitarist for a short time in during a period when The Stanley Brothers had temporarily disbanded. On January 16, Monroe was critically injured in a two-car wreck. On highway W, near White House, their car was struck by a drunken driver. Monroe, who had suffered injuries to his back, left arm and nose, was rushed to General Hospital in Nashville. It took him almost four months to recover and resume touring.
In the meantime Charlie Cline and Jimmy Martin kept the band together. By the late s, however, Monroe's commercial fortunes had begun to slip. The rise of rock-and-roll and the development of the " Nashville sound " in mainstream country music both represented threats The Bluegrass Partners - Treasure Train / Sweetheart the viability of bluegrass.
While still a mainstay on the Grand Ole Opry, Monroe found diminishing success on the singles charts, and struggled to keep his band together in the face of declining demand for live performances.
Monroe's fortunes began to improve during the American folk music revival of the early s. Many college students and other young people were beginning to discover Monroe, associating his style more with traditional folk music than with the country-and-western genre with which it had previously been identified.
The word "bluegrass" first appeared around this time to describe the sound of Monroe and similar artists such as Flatt and Scruggs, the Stanley Brothers, Reno and SmileyJim and Jesseand the Osborne Brothers.
While Flatt and Scruggs immediately recognized the potential for a lucrative new audience in cities and on college campuses in the North, Monroe was slower to respond. Under the influence of Ralph Rinzlera young musician and folklorist from New Jersey who briefly became Monroe's manager inMonroe gradually expanded his geographic reach beyond the traditional southern country music circuit.
Rinzler was also responsible for a lengthy profile and interview in the influential folk music magazine Sing Out! Accordingly, at the first bluegrass festival organized by Carlton Haney at Roanoke, Virginia inBill Monroe was the central figure. Inbefore the Grateful Dead got together, Jerry Garcia caravanned across the country from California to tag along with Monroe. The growing national popularity of Monroe's music during the s was also apparent in the increasingly diverse background of musicians recruited into his band.
Even after the folk revival faded in the mids, it left a loyal audience for bluegrass music. Bluegrass festivals became common, with fans often traveling long distances to see a number of different acts over several days of performances. In Monroe himself founded an annual bluegrass festival at Bean Blossom in southern Indiana, a park he had purchased inwhich routinely attracted a crowd of thousands; a double LP from the festival featuring Monroe, Jimmy Martin, Lester Flatt, and Jim and Jesse was released in The annual Bill Monroe Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival is now the world's oldest continuously running annual bluegrass festival.
Monroe's compositions during his later period were largely instrumentals, including "Jerusalem Ridge", "Old Dangerfield" originally spelled Daingerfield after the town in East Texas and "My Last Days on Earth"; he settled into a new role as a musical patriarch who continued to influence younger generations of musicians.
Monroe recorded two albums of duets in the s; the first featured collaborations with country stars such as Emmylou HarrisWaylon Jenningsand The Oak Ridge Boyswhile the second paired him with other prominent bluegrass musicians. A live album celebrated his 50th year on the Grand Ole Opry. Monroe also kept a hectic touring schedule. Monroe's last performance occurred on March 15, He ended his touring and playing career in April, following a stroke.
Monroe died on September 9,in Springfield, Tennesseefour days before his 85th birthday. Bill Monroe was made an honorary Kentucky Colonel in As the "father of bluegrass", he was also an inaugural inductee into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Honor in Pick one that's 25 characters or less and includes a letter.
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