Knowledge Identifier: +Chet_Atkins
American guitarist and record producer who, along with Owen Bradley, created the smoother country music style known as the Nashville sound, which expanded country's appeal to adult pop music fans as well
Born in 1924.
Countries: United States (81%), United Kingdom (11%), (4%)
Linked to: Country Music Association, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Gibson Guitar Corporation, Million Dollar Band
After dropping out of high school in 1942, Atkins landed a job at WNOX-AM radio in Knoxville
His albums became more popular, and he was featured on ABC-TV's "The Eddy Arnold Show" during the summer of 1956; as well as on "Country Music Jubilee" in 1957 and 58
Cliff Gallup - As a married man, Gallup was reluctant to tour with Vincent, and left the band in late 1956, returning only for some more studio sessions that same year for the second Gene Vincent and his Blue Caps LP. In the mid 1960s Gallup made a solo album for the local Pussy Cat record label in Norfolk, Virginia, "Straight Down the Middle", in a more mellow instrumental style akin to Chet Atkins and Les Paul
Jim Reeves - He decreased his volume, using a lower pitch and singing with lips nearly touching the microphone, although there were protests at RCA. During 1957, with the endorsement of his producer Chet Atkins, he used this style for his version of a demonstration song of lost love intended for a female singer
At the end of March 1959, Porter took over as chief engineer at RCA's Nashville studio, in the space now known as "Studio B"
Bill Porter (sound engineer) - At nearby RCA Records in 1959, the chief engineer was transferred after angering Chet Atkins, and Porter applied for the position
Newport Jazz Festival - He enjoyed jamming with fellow studio musicians which led to them being asked to perform at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1960
Roger Miller - During this period, he signed a record deal with Chet Atkins at RCA Records, for whom Miller recorded "You Don't Want My Love" in 1960, which marked his first appearance on country charts, peaking at No. 14
John D. Loudermilk - Working out of country music capital Nashville, Tennessee, Tennessee, Loudermilk became one of the most productive songwriters of the 1960s and 1970s, penning country and pop music hits for the Everly Brothers, Johnny Tillotson, Chet Atkins, The Nashville, Tennessee Teens, Paul Revere & the Raiders, Johnny Cash, Marianne Faithfull, Stonewall Jackson, Sue Thompson and others
Charlie McCoy - Chet Atkins heard one of McCoy's demo tapes and immediately hired him in May 1961
Connie Smith - Because Chet Atkins found himself too busy with other artists, Bob Ferguson acted as Smith's producer on her first sessions and would continue to work as her producer until her departure from RCA. Smith's first session took place on July 16, 1964, where she recorded four songs, three of which were written by Bill Anderson
Dottie West - After releasing the "Here Comes My Baby" LP in 1965, Dottie and producer Chet Atkins reunited the following year for "Suffer Time," which generated her biggest hit yet in "Would You Hold It Against Me
Liz Anderson - Anderson demo vocals were noticed by RCA producer Chet Atkins who signed her to RCA in 1965
Waylon Jennings - Singer Bobby Bare, who covered Jennings' songs "Four Strong Winds" and "Just To Satisfy You", recommended him to producer Chet Atkins, who signed Jennings to RCA Victor in 1965
Lenny Breau - In 1967, recordings of Breau's playing from "The Lenny Breau Show" had found their way into the hands of Chet Atkins
A 1973 diagnosis of colon cancer, however, led Atkins to redefine his role at RCA, to allow others to handle administration while he went back to his first love, the guitar, often recording with Reed or even Homer & Jethro's Jethro Burns after Homer died in 1971
Jim Reeves - During 1975, RCA producer Chet Atkins told an interviewer, "Jim wanted to be a tenor but I wanted him to be a baritone
Atkins was a member of the Million Dollar Band during the 1980s
Rick Parfitt - In addition he plays a Gibson SG Junior, a 1981 Zemaitis tuned to a B, a Schecter telecaster, a Fender Esquire, a custom made Fender Telecaster Thinline, a Gibson Melody Maker and a Chet Atkins acoustic guitar
He left RCA in 1982 and signed with Columbia Records, for whom he produced a debut album in 1983
George Benson - In 1985 Benson and guitarist Chet Atkins went on the smooth jazz charts with their collaboration "Sunrise", one of two songs from the duo released on Atkins' disc Stay Tuned.
Carl Perkins - During 1989, Perkins signed a record deal with Platinum Records LTD for an album with the title "Friends, Family, and Legends", featuring performances by Chet Atkins, Travis_Tritt, Steve Wariner, Joan Jett and Charlie Daniels, along with Paul Shaffer and Will Lee. During 1992, during the production of this CD, Perkins developed throat cancer
Mark Knopfler - He further emphasized his country music influences with his 1990s collaboration with Chet Atkins, "Neck and Neck", which resulted in three Grammy *awards
Mark Knopfler - Knopfler further emphasised his country music influences with his collaboration with Chet Atkins, "Neck and Neck", which was released in 1990
Dire Straits - Knopfler would further emphasize his country music influences on his 1990 collaboration with guitarist Chet Atkins, "Neck and Neck"
In 2009, Steve Wariner released an album entitled "My Tribute to Chet Atkins"
Steve Wariner - In 2009 Wariner released a tribute to his mentor Chet Atkins entitled "My Tribute to Chet Atkins, "which led to his 4th Grammy *award in 2010, for Best Country Instrumental Performance for" "Producer's Medley