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Chet Atkins

Chester Burton Atkins (June 20, 1924 – June 30, 2001), known as "Mr. Guitar" and "The Country Gentleman", was an American musician, occasional vocalist, songwriter, and record producer who, along with Owen Bradley, Bob Ferguson and others, created the country music style that came to be known as the Nashville sound, which expanded country music's appeal to adult pop music fans. He was primarily known as a guitarist. He also played the mandolin, fiddle, banjo, and ukulele.

Atkins's signature picking style was inspired by Merle Travis. Other major guitar influences were Django Reinhardt, George Barnes, Les Paul, and, later, Jerry Reed. His distinctive picking style and musicianship brought him admirers inside and outside the country scene, both in the United States and abroad. Atkins spent most of his career at RCA Victor and produced records for the Browns, Hank Snow, Porter Wagoner, Norma Jean, Dolly Parton, Dottie West, Perry Como, Floyd Cramer, Elvis Presley, the Everly Brothers, Eddy Arnold, Don Gibson, Jim Reeves, Jerry Reed, Skeeter Davis, Waylon Jennings, and many others.

Rolling Stone credited Atkins with inventing the "popwise 'Nashville sound' that rescued country music from a commercial slump," and ranked him number 21 on their list of "The 100 Greatest Guitarists Of All Time." Among many other honors, Atkins received 14 Grammy Awards and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. He also received nine Country Music Association awards for Instrumentalist of the Year. He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum. George Harrison was also inspired by Chet Atkins; Early Beatles songs such as "All My Loving" show the influence.

Birth and Death Data: Born June 20th, 1924 (Luttrell), Died June 30th, 2001 (Nashville)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1952 - 1956

Roles Represented in DAHR: guitar, electric guitar

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 69 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca NA 2702 4/21/1952 Slowly Webb Pierce instrumentalist, electric guitar  
Decca NA 2703 4/21/1952 The last waltz Webb Pierce instrumentalist, electric guitar  
Decca NA 2704 4/21/1952 Bow Thy head Webb Pierce instrumentalist, electric guitar  
Decca NA 2705 4/21/1952 Country church Webb Pierce instrumentalist, electric guitar  
Decca NA 2864 10/8/1952 I'm going back to Tennessee Jimmie Logsdon instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca NA 2865 10/8/1952 That's when I'll love you the best Jimmie Logsdon instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca NA 2866 10/8/1952 As long as we're together Jimmie Logsdon instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca NA 2867 10/8/1952 I wanna be Mama'd Jimmie Logsdon instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca NA 2890 11/7/1952 Kiss me! Kiss me! Jim Eanes instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca NA 2891 11/7/1952 Little brown hand Jim Eanes instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca NA 2892 11/7/1952 When the one that you love loves you Jim Eanes instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca NA 2893 11/7/1952 Gloomy tomorrow Jim Eanes instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca NA 2919 1/23/1953 The death of Hank Williams Jimmie Logsdon instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca NA 2920 1/23/1953 Hank Williams sings the blues no more Jimmie Logsdon instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca NA 2921 1/23/1953 The love you gave to me Jimmie Logsdon instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca NA 2922 1/30/1953 Don't throw your life away Webb Pierce instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca NA 2923 1/30/1953 Broken engagement Webb Pierce instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca NA 2924 1/30/1953 We'll find a way Webb Pierce instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca NA 3021 3/25/1953 It's been so long Webb Pierce instrumentalist, electric guitar  
Decca NA 3022 3/25/1953 Don't throw your life away Webb Pierce instrumentalist, electric guitar  
Decca NA 3023 3/25/1953 Too late to worry now Webb Pierce instrumentalist, electric guitar  
Decca NA 3024 3/25/1953 There stands the glass Webb Pierce instrumentalist, electric guitar  
Decca NA 3049 5/7/1953 If you were me Webb Pierce instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca NA 3050 5/7/1953 There's a better home Webb Pierce instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca NA 3051 5/7/1953 Mother call my name in prayer Webb Pierce instrumentalist, guitar  
(Results 1-25 of 69 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Atkins, Chet," accessed August 5, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103333.

Atkins, Chet. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 5, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103333.

"Atkins, Chet." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 5 August 2020.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103333

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