Ode to one of his uncles (from mother's side) and teacher: Uncle Pendleton Vandiver, an excellent fiddler with a Scots-Irish sound. Bill Monroe also learned a lot from a black fiddler, Arnold Schultz, but that's a lesser known fact. Why would that be? That same Bill Monroe is regarded as the undisputed father of bluegrass, which makes the banjo to be regarded as a white instrument, while it's coming out of Africa. More Taj Mahals, Alvin Harts and Corey Harrises please.
Elvis Presley cut a version for Sun, shelved in favor of his Blue Moon Of Kentucky, also by Bill Monroe.