Bluegrass Legend Bill Monroe, 85, Dies Bill Monroe, the father of bluegrass music, died today at the age of 85. He developed a style of country music that featured the mandolin, guitar and banjo, which had a profound effect on country music and generations of country singers. NPR's Linda Wertheimer has a remembrance.

Bluegrass Legend Bill Monroe, 85, Dies

Bluegrass Legend Bill Monroe, 85, Dies

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Bill Monroe, the father of bluegrass music, died today at the age of 85. He developed a style of country music that featured the mandolin, guitar and banjo, which had a profound effect on country music and generations of country singers. NPR's Linda Wertheimer has a remembrance.

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