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Charlie Monroe
Born:  June 4, 1903
Died:  September 27, 1975
America's Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame (2002)
KWKH Louisiana Hayride

About The Artist

Charlie Monroe was one of the famous Monroe brothers; the others were Birch Monroe and of course, the father of Bluegrass music, Bill Monroe. Charlie was born on a farm in Rosine, Kentucky. As you might think, it was a musical family. Charlie's mother was a violin player and they noted that she kept it on her bed and would stop to play a tune or two as she passed through while doing the household chores.

Later on, he and his brothers moved up to northwest Indiana to find employment in the industrial areas. In 1927, he and his other two brothers, Bill and Birch, started a radio program in Gary, Indiana. By that time, their father wasn't doing well health-wise, but he did make a two mile trip on horse to hear the show. Shortly after that, he passed away, but had the satisfaction of hearing his sons musical careers get their start.

Charlie made a name for himself as a solo act. He was on the RCA Victor label and had hits such as "'Neath a Cold Gray Tomb Of Stone" and "Good Morning To You" and one of his own favorites, "Who's Calling You Sweetheart Tonight?" back in the early 1950s.

At one time, he had a 127 acre farm in Beaver Dam, KY and built a new home there in 1943.

Charlie married the former Elizabeth Miller in 1936.

Credits & Sources

  • Country Song Roundup No. 12, June 1951, Charlton Publishing Corp., Derby, CT.

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Recordings (78rpm/45rpm)

Rec. No. Side Song Title
  28281 A Find 'Em,Fool 'Em And Leave 'Em Alo
  28281 B These Triflin' Women
Montgomery Ward
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  7572 A Great Speckled Bird
  7572 B Every Time I Feel The Spirit
  7573 A Once I Had A Darling Mother
  7573 B No Home, No Place To Pillow My Head
  7574 A Farther Along
  7574 B New When The World's On Fire
  7575 A Tell Him To Come Back, Sweet Fern
  7575 B Take Me Back To The Valley
  7576 A Happy Spirit
  7576 B You're Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone
  7886 A Is She Praying There?
  7886 B Guided By Love
  7887 A Black Sheep
  7887 B Just One Year
  7888 A If You See My Savior
  7888 B Oh Death
  7889 A Joy Bells In My Soul
  7889 B From Shore To Shore
RCA Victor
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  20-2055 A Mother's Not Dead, Only Sleeping
  20-2055 B There's No Depression In Heaven
  20-2204 A Rubber Neck Blues
  20-2204 B Who's Calling You Sweetheart?
  20-2304 A I'm Comin' Back
  20-2304 B It's Only A Phonograph Record
  20-2416 A Bringin' In The Georgia Mail
  20-2416 B Down In The Willow Garden
  20-2657 A Shenandoah Waltz
  20-2657 B Walkin' With You In My Dreams
  20-2834 A End Of Memory Lane
  20-2834 B I Know You'll Understand
  20-2961 A If We Never Meet Again
  20-2961 B When The Angels Carry Me Home
  20-3115 A Grave At The Foot Of The Mountain
  20-3115 B I See A Bright Light Shining
  20-3249 A Campin' In Canaan's Land
  20-3249 B Don't Forget To Pray
  20-4291 A That Wild Black Engine
  20-4291 B You'll Find Her Name Written Here

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