Bands And Record Sales Helped Pave Way For "Hillbilly" Music

Success Of Some Early Singing Groups All But Forgotten

The late Kentuckian Bill Monroe and Ralph Stanley, surely two of the legendary performers of Bluegrass and

Country music, appeared together shortly before Monroe's death. Both men have played a large role in

spreading the Kentucky sound around the world. Monroe is at left, while Stanley is at right.

(Photo by Charles Hayes)

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