Lester Flatt was born on 19th June, 1914, in Sparta, Tennessee. He began playing guitar and singing in local churches at an early age and got his first break playing with Charlie Monroe and the Kentucky Pardners in North Carolina during the early 1940’s. He was later invited by Bill Monroe to play rhythm guitar and sing with Monroe’s band on the Grand Ole Opry in about 1945.
Bill Monroe along with his band the Bluegrass Boys, which included Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs, Chubby Wise, Howard Watts, and are widely credited with the creation of bluegrass music as we know it today.
The US Senate has resolved to acknowledge Lester Flatt’s contribution to American art through his legacy to bluegrass music.
The resolution, in part, reads: – Lester Flatt is widely regarded as one of the greatest bluegrass musicians and singers of all time, writing dozens of songs that are considered bluegrass classics.
It concludes: – That it is the sense of the House of Representatives that Lester Flatt has made an invaluable contribution to American art as both a songwriter and a performer, leaving an indelible legacy in bluegrass music.