Born in Rosine, KY, Bill Monroe is considered the father of bluegrass. He invented the style, invented the name, and for the great majority of the 20th century, embodied the art form. Monroe toured extensively, performing hundreds of shows a year.
In 1970, Bill Monroe was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, and a year later into the Songwriters Association International Hall of Fame. In 1993 the Grammys gave Monroe a Lifetime Achievement Aware. Over the years he remained devoted to bluegrass in its purest form.