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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: 1947 - 1956

Roles Represented in DAHR: guitar, electric guitar, leader, vocalist, composer, violin

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 113 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor D9VB-860 10-in. 2/2/1949 I never see Maggie alone Ernie Lee ; Southerners (Ernie Lee) String band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, electric guitar  
Victor D9VB-861 10-in. 2/2/1949 The gods were angry with me Ernie Lee ; Southerners (Ernie Lee) String band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, electric guitar  
Victor D9VB-872 10-in. 2/3/1949 Money, marbles and chalk Chet Atkins ; Guitar Pickers (Chet Atkins) String band, with male vocal solo and vocal chorus leader, instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Victor D9VB-877 10-in. 2/3/1949 Galloping on the guitar Chet Atkins ; Guitar Pickers (Chet Atkins) String band leader, instrumentalist, guitar, composer  
Victor D7VB-2263 10-in. 11/24/1947 I met the cutest fellow in Pocatello Rosalie Allen ; Black River Riders String band, with female vocal solo, drums and accordion instrumentalist, electric guitar  
Victor D7VB-2862 10-in. 12/19/1947 Sundown in my heart Panhandle Punchers ; Texas Jim Robertson String band, with male vocal solo and accordion instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor D7VB-2863 10-in. 12/19/1947 Our Anniversary Panhandle Punchers ; Texas Jim Robertson String band, with male vocal solo and accordion instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor D9VB-0844 10-in. 2/2/1949 (This is) someone's last day Carter Sisters ; Maybelle Carter Female vocal solo, with string band, female vocal chorus, and accordion instrumentalist, electric guitar  
Victor D9VB-0845 10-in. 2/2/1949 The kneeling drunkard's plea Carter Sisters ; Maybelle Carter Female vocal solo, with string band, female vocal chorus, and accordion instrumentalist, electric guitar  
Victor D9VB-0846 10-in. 2/2/1949 Why do you weep, dear willow? Carter Sisters ; Maybelle Carter Female vocal solo, with string band, female vocal chorus, and accordion instrumentalist, electric guitar  
Victor D9VB-0847 10-in. 2/2/1949 Walk a little closer Carter Sisters ; Maybelle Carter Female vocal solo, with string band, female vocal chorus, and accordion instrumentalist, electric guitar  
Victor D9VB-0848 10-in. 2/2/1949 My darling's home at last Carter Sisters ; Maybelle Carter Female vocal solo, with string band, female vocal chorus, and accordion instrumentalist, electric guitar  
Victor D9VB-0849 10-in. 2/2/1949 A picture a ring and a curl Carter Sisters ; Maybelle Carter Female vocal solo, with string band, female vocal chorus, and accordion instrumentalist, electric guitar  
Victor D9VB-0856 10-in. 2/2/1949 My home is the dust of the road Ernie Lee ; Southerners (Ernie Lee) Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, electric guitar  
Victor D9VB-0857 10-in. 2/2/1949 You can't pick a rose in December Ernie Lee ; Southerners (Ernie Lee) Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, electric guitar  
Victor D9VB-0858 10-in. 2/2/1949 You're next door to heaven (when you're in Tennessee) Ernie Lee ; Southerners (Ernie Lee) Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, electric guitar  
Victor D9VB-0859 10-in. 2/2/1949 Pray, pray, pray Ernie Lee ; Southerners (Ernie Lee) String band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, electric guitar  
Victor D9VB-0862 10-in. 2/2/1949 Keep walkin' Ernie Lee ; Southerners (Ernie Lee) String band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, electric guitar  
Victor D9VB-0863 10-in. 2/2/1949 One two three four five foot six Ernie Lee ; Southerners (Ernie Lee) Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, electric guitar  
Victor D9VB-0864 10-in. 2/3/1949 I'll do as much for you someday Slim Whitman Male vocal solo, with string band and yodeling instrumentalist, violin  
Victor D9VB-0865 10-in. 2/3/1949 I'll never pass this way again Slim Whitman Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, electric guitar  
Victor D9VB-0866 10-in. 2/3/1949 Please paint a rose on the garden wall Slim Whitman Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, electric guitar  
Victor D9VB-0867 10-in. 2/3/1949 Tears can never drown the flame (that's in my heart) Slim Whitman Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, electric guitar  
Victor D9VB-0868 10-in. 2/3/1949 I'm casting my lasso towards the sky Slim Whitman Male vocal solo, with string band and yodeling instrumentalist, electric guitar  
Victor D9VB-0871 10-in. 2/3/1949 Birmingham jail Slim Whitman Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, electric guitar  
(Results 1-25 of 113 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Atkins, Chet," accessed July 26, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103333.

Atkins, Chet. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 26, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103333.

"Atkins, Chet." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 26 July 2021.

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