"William Smith Monroe" was an American mandolinist, singer, and songwriter who created the style of music known as bluegrass music/bluegrass. The genre takes its name from his band, the ""Blue Grass Boys"", named for Monroe's home state of Kentucky. Monroe's performing career spanned 69 years as a singer, instrumentalist, composer and bandleader. He is often referred to as The Father of Bluegrass.If you enjoy these quotes, be sure to check out other famous musicians! More Bill Monroe on Wikipedia.