Bluegrass Timeline

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1911        Sep 13, Bill Monroe, musician and the Father of Bluegrass, was born.
    (HN, 9/13/00)

1925        Jul 27, Charlie Poole (1892-1931) and His North Carolina Ramblers recorded “Don’t Let Your Deal Go Down Blues” at the NYC studios of Columbia Records.
    (WSJ, 7/27/05, p.D10)(

1938        Bill Munroe (1912-1996) put together his band called the Blue Grass Boys. During the war the classic bluegrass quintet developed with mandolin, fiddle, guitar, bass and banjo. He was joined by Lester Flatt in 1945 and Earl Scruggs in 1946.
    (SFC, 9/10/96, p.A17)(SSFC, 6/10/01, p.D3)

1947-1963    The Louvin Brothers of Alabama, born Ira and Charlie Loudermilk, recorded their country music, a mix of bluegrass, gospel, blues and antique fold ballads. A boxed set of their recordings called "Close Harmony" was put together by Richard Weize of Bear Family Records, Hamburg, Germ.
    (WSJ, 9/11/98, p.W3)

1957        Don Stover (1928-1996), blue grass banjo player, recorded "Knee Deep in Bluegrass," with Bill Monroe. His bands included the Coal River Valley Boys, the Lilly Brothers Band and the White Oak Mountain Boys with whom he recorded "Things in Life."
    (SFC, 11/13/96, p.C3)

1962        Jerry Garcia, later of the Grateful Dead, played a 5-string banjo in the bluegrass band ‘The Hart Valley Drifters," later renamed "The Wildwood Boys."

1966        Dec 1, Carter Stanley, of the Stanley Brothers bluegrass duo, died of cancer.
    (WSJ, 10/8/98, p.A16)

1971        John Duffey (1934-1996) formed his Seldom Scene bluegrass group. He had played with Charlie Waller and the Country Gentlemen.
    (SFC, 12/12/96, p.C8)

1978        Charles Sawtelle (d.1999 at 52) helped found the Hot Rize bluegrass group, named after an ingredient in the Martha White Self-Rising Flour. The Hot Rize product had been promoted for years by bluegrass legends Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs.
    (SFC, 3/25/99, p.C3)

1996        Sep 9, Bill Monroe (b.1911), Blue Grass pioneer, died at 85. His blues style was much influenced by the thumb-style blues guitar picking of a black musician named Arnold Schultz. In 2000 Richard D. Smith authored the biography "Can’t You Hear me Callin’"
    (WSJ, 9/16/96, p.A14)(WSJ, 7/28/00, p.W9)

1998        Apr 15, Rose Maddox (b.1926), US country singer, died in Ashland, Oregon. In her last decade she was backed by the bluegrass Vern Williams Band.
    (SFC, 6/10/06, p.B4)(

2000        Jan, The SF Noe Valley Ministry held its 1st SF Bluegrass and Old Time Music Festival.
    (SSFC, 6/10/01, p.D3)

2003        Apr 22, Felice Bryant (77), bluegrass song writer, died in Gatlinburg, Tenn.. She and her late husband wrote such tunes as "Bye Bye Love" and other Everly Brothers hits and "Rocky Top" (1968).
    (SFC, 4/23/03, A21)(AP, 4/22/08)

2005        May 14, Jimmy Martin (77), blue grass band leader, died in Nashville. He performed as lead vocalist for the Blue Grass Boys periodically through 1955 and then formed the Sunny Mountain Boys recording for Decca for 18 years.
    (SSFC, 5/15/05, p.B3)

2006        Jun 6, Vern Williams, singer and bluegrass mandolin player, died in San Andreas, Ca. He partnered with fiddler Ray Park (1933-2002) from about 1960-1974 as Vern and Ray. Their albums included “Sounds from the Ozarks” (1974).
    (SFC, 6/10/06, p.B4)(

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