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.,