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|
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.
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