Chet Atkins, guitarist
Guitarist
birth name: Chester Burton Atkins

Chet Atkins

June 20, 1924, Luttrell, TN ~ June 30, 2001, Nashville, TN

“Everything I've ever done was out of fear of being mediocre.” ~ Chet Atkins

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June 20, 1992 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (1) Red Hot Chili Peppers, Under The Bridge ~ #2 (4) Sir Mix-A-Lot, Baby Got Back ~ #1 (2) Mariah Carey, I'll Be There

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A pioneering Nashville record producer recognised as one of the main architects of the late 1950s ‘Nashville Sound’ and a successful record label executive. The most recorded solo instrumentalist in history, the quiet unassuming Chet Atkins was initially an aspiring vocalist when he was signed to an RCA Records back in 1948. With more than 100 albums to his credit, covering all styles of music, he has been a major influence on such guitar players as George Harrison, Albert Lee, Eric Clapton, and thousands more guitar-ace wannabes. ~ AlanCackett.com: Chet Atkins ~ retrieved December 4, 2015 © Alan Cackett

Chet Atkins ~ Inducted in the 2002 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame ~ Few guitarists have had more influence on the instrument than Chet Atkins. In Atkins case, his influence extends from the country-music realm into rock and roll. As a studio musician, he appeared on records by Elvis Presley, the Everly Brothers, Hank Williams, Roy Orbison, and countless country musicians. Atkins thumb-and-fingerpicking style influenced George Harrison, Duane Eddy, the Ventures, Eddie Cochran, Eric Clapton and Mark Knopfler, as well as innumerable country pickers. Even the likes of Ted Nugent has credited Atkins with inspiring him to take up the instrument. ~ 2002 © Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

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