Chet Atkins, 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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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. ~ Chet Atkins ~ retrieved December 4, 2015 © Alan Cackett

Chet Atkins ~ Inducted in the 2009 Musicians Hall of Fame ~ Chet started out on the ukulele and fiddle and got his first guitar at age 9. As a result of hearing Merle Travis on the radio, Chet soon developed his own style of finger picking that became, unmistakably, Chet’s sound. ~ 2009 © Musicians Hall Of Fame

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