Historical Events in Bluegrass Music

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  • First Bill Monroe and His Blue Grass Boys session with Columbia Records; Kentucky Waltz, Footprints in the Snow and Rocky Road Blues cut

    First Bill Monroe and His Blue Grass Boys session with Columbia Records; Kentucky Waltz, Footprints in the Snow and Rocky Road Blues cut
  • Lester Flatt joins the Blue Grass Boys, replacing Clyde Moody

  • Earl Scruggs is hired by Monroe as a Blue Grass Boy

  • Earl Scruggs makes his first appearence on the Grand ole Opry as member of the Blue Grass Boys

  • Monroe's Kentucky Waltz is released

  • First appearence by "The Classic Band" at the Grand Ole Opry

  • "The Classic Band" records Heavy Traffic Ahead, Blue Moon of Kentucky and Mother's Only Sleeping, among other soon-to-be standards

  • Stanley Brothers go to work on WCYB

  • First release by Columbia Records of recordings by "The Classic Band"

  • Release of Blue Moon of Kentucky (Bill Monroe and His Blue Grass Boys)

  • Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs leave the Blue Grass Boys

  • Flatt and Scruggs cut their first records for Mercury

  • Flatt and Scrugg's first single is released: God Loves His Children/I'm to Make Heaven My Home

  • Stanley Brothers move from Rich-R-Tone Records to Columbia Records

  • Jimmy Martin joins the Blue Grass Boys

  • Stanley Brothers record The Fileds Have Turned Brown

  • The Lonesome Pine FIddlers cut their first records after ten years in the business

  • The public begins to use the word "bluegrass" to refer to a style of music distinct from country-western

  • Bill Monroe issues his second song folio using the words "Blue Grass" on the cover

  • Flatt and Scruggs record twelve songs for Mercury; most of which become bluegrass standards

  • The first Flatt and Scruggs Columbia single is released: Come Back Darling/Waiting to Hear You Call Me Darling

  • The Osborne Brothers, along with their sister, Louise, nd Jimmy Martin, record four songs for the Kitty label

  • Bob Osborne and Jimmy Martin record for King Records, with Charlie and Curly Ray Cline and Ralph Guntner

  • Bill Monroe purchases Brown County Jamboree, Bean Blossom, Indiana

  • Bob Osborne enters the Marine Corps

  • Earl Scruggs devises his "cam" tuners

  • Reno and Smiley, recording under their own names for the first time, cut Lord's Last Supper and I'm Using My Bible for a Roadmap

  • Sonny Osborne, 14 years old, tours as a Blue Grass Boy

  • Lonesome Pine Fiddlers join the Big Barn Frolic in Detroit, MI

  • Jesse McReynolds enters the service ad performs with Charlie Louvin in Korea

  • Reno and Smiley record again for King Records and use the electric bass for the first time

  • Flatt and Scruggs begin taping Martha White early morning shows for later play on WSM

  • The Lonesome Pine Fiddlers make their last recordings for RCA

  • Flatt and Scruggs, in a Columbia session, include the Dobro(registered) of Josh Graves for the first time

  • Reno and Smiley reorganize as a full-time unit under their own names and join the Old Dominion Barn Dance

  • Osborne Brothers team with Red Alien

  • J.D. Crowe joins Jimmy Martin full time

  • Flatt and Scruggs release their first Columbia LP, Foggy Mountain Jamboree

  • Kenny Baker's first appearance with the Blue Grass Boys in a recording session

  • Jimmy Martin joins the Louisiana Hayride

  • Flatt and Scruggs appear on the CBS-TV special, Folk Sound USA

  • Jim and Jesse make recordings for Columbia, including Stormy Horizons and Gosh I Miss You All the Time