Chet Atkins

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Date of Birth June 20, 1924
Place of Birth Luttrel, Tennessee
Date of Death Jun 30, 2001 (77)
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Chet Atkins

Chester Burton Atkins, 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.

Birth name: Chester Burton Atkins
Born: June 20, 1924, Luttrell, Tennessee, U.S.
Died: June 30, 2001, Nashville, Tennessee
Genres: Country, country rock, rock, folk, rockabilly
Occupation(s): Musician, songwriter, producer
Instruments: Guitar, violin, vocals, banjo, ukulele
Years active: 1942–1996
Labels: RCA Victor, Columbia
Associated acts: The Country All-Stars, Arthur Fiedler, Les Paul, Jerry Reed, Hank Snow, Merle Travis, The Carter Sisters, Mark Knopfler, Jim Carney
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About Chet Atkins

Guitarist, vocalist, and record producer who recorded with many different performing artists, from Elvis to Hank Williams. He has won the Instrumentalist of the Year honor from the Country Music Association nine times.

Before Fame

He traded an old pistol and did some chores for a guitar when he was nine. He began playing seriously when he was in high school.

Achievement

He received fourteen Grammy Awards for his distinctive Nashville guitar sound.

Family Life

He married Leona Johnson on July 3, 1946 and they had one child together.

Associations

He once produced records for Eddy Arnold.

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