Chet Atkins, guitarist
birth name: Chester Burton Atkins

Chet Atkins

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

“Do it again on the next verse and people think you meant it.” ~ Chet Atkins

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June 20, 1959 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (2) Bobby Darin, Dream Lover ~ #2 (3) Lloyd Price & His Orchestra, Personality ~ #1 (1) Johnny Horton, The Battle Of New Orleans


In addition to recording, Atkins was a design consultant for Gretsch, who manufactured a popular Chet Atkins line of electric guitars from 1955 through 1980. He became manager of RCA Victor's Nashville studio, eventually inspiring and seeing the completion of the legendary RCA Studio B, the first studio built specifically for the purpose of recording on the now-famous Music Row. ~ Wikipedia: Chet Atkins ~ retrieved December 4, 2015 © Wikpedia

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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