December 31 Remembering Monroe Fields

Remembering Monroe Fields, (December 31, 1928 – February 21, 2015) played bass with both Bill Monroe and Jim & Jesse, and mandolin with Carl Sauceman and Flatt & Scruggs. He was 86 years old and had been battling lung cancer. Fields was a successful song writer, having written classics like Please Be My Love, a big number for Jim & Jesse, which he wrote with Sauceman.
He also performed on a bevy of Nashville sessions, playing guitar, bass and mandolin, and adding high tenor vocals for Lester Flatt, Jimmy Martin, Kenny Baker, Bill Monroe and more. Fields had songs recorded by George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Aaron Tippin and Lacy J. Dalton in country, and by Karl Shifflet and others in bluegrass. He had continued performing in late years, often with C F Bailey and Shadow Ridge. A pair of solo albums appeared under his name, and another with Bailey. Patuxent Music had released an album of live radio programs featuring Fields entitled “1950s – 60s Broadcasts from Monroe Fields with Carl Sauceman and the Green Valley Boys.” Though he performed with a number of bluegrass acts, it was with Sauceman that Monroe is most closely associated.

About the author

I enjoy researching Bluegrass, Bluegrass Gospel, and Country birthdays, anniversaries and interesting trivia dates. I am a piano/organ performance major who has taught privately and served as church accompanist since 1968 in North Carolina and Central Kentucky. Although classically trained, I appreciate all genres of music. My mother, who was also a church musician and taught public school music grades K-12, knew that Bluegrass music was the purest American music. She always introduced her students to this fine genre and began my musical studies with her at age 2. Bach to Berachah Valley, Mozart to Jimmy Martin, Sibelius to Stanley Brothers, the list goes on, I hope you find some moments of enjoyment and learn a few interesting facts along the way.
I am thankful for the many resources we have at our fingertips including Google. FaceBook and BluegrassBios by Wayne Rice. It was he who inspired me to tackle the task of trying to pass on knowledge about Bluegrass music. Thanks Wayne~!
Lou Ellen Wilkie

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