Jerry Reed
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Jim Reeves
Connie Smith
Mark Knopfler
Steve Wariner
Anita Kerr
Scotty Moore

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Chet Atkins

Knowledge Identifier: +Chet_Atkins


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 add

Category: Music

Born in 1924.

Countries: United States (81%), United Kingdom (11%), (4%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Jerry Reed, Jim Reeves, Connie Smith

Linked to: Country Music Association, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Gibson Guitar Corporation, Million Dollar Band




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Chet Atkins was born in 1924 add something


Atkins did not have a strong style of his own until 1939 when he heard Merle Travis picking over WLW radio add something


After dropping out of high school in 1942, Atkins landed a job at WNOX-AM radio in Knoxville add something


Atkins made his first appearance at the Opry in 1946 as a member of Foley's band add something


He made his first RCA Victor recordings in Chicago in 1947 add something


Henry D. Haynes - The pair was fired along with several other stars by new management at WLW in 1948, and after a brief tour, they moved to Springfield, Missouri , Missouri and performed on KWTO-AM with Chet Atkins, the Carter Family and Slim Wilson


Kenneth C. Burns - The pair were fired along with other stars by new management at WLW in 1948, and after a brief tour, they moved to Springfield, Missouri , Missouri and performed on KWTO with Chet Atkins, the Carter Family and Slim Wilson


In 1949 he left WNOX to join June Carter with Mother Maybelle & The Carter Sisters back on KWTO. This incarnation of the old Carter Family featured Maybelle Carter and daughters June, Helen and Anita add something


Atkins became a member of The Opry in the 1950s add something


Effects unit - The 1950 Ray Butts EchoSonic amp was the first to feature the "slapback" echo sound, which quickly became popular with guitarists such as Chet Atkins, Carl_Perkins, Scotty Moore, Luther Perkins, and Roy Orbison


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 add something


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


Heartbreak Hotel - Part of the original personnel of the 1956 recording released their own versions, Chet Atkins recorded it for the 1963 album "The Guitar Genius", and also, Presley's lead guitarist Scotty Moore recorded the song for his 1964 album "The Guitar that Changed the world"


Heartbreak Hotel - Presley agreed to record it, and did so on January 10, 1956, in a session with his band, the Blue Moon Boys, the guitarist Chet Atkins, and the pianist Floyd Cramer


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" add something


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


Anita Kerr - Having previously backed Faron Young, Chet Atkins, and Webb Pierce on SESAC radio transcription sessions, the Anita Kerr Singers were invited to record their own songs for SESAC. Between 1959 and 1963, the group waxed sixty SESAC tracks


Steve Howe (musician) - Howe credited Wes Montgomery and Chet Atkins, whom he first heard in 1959, as a major inspiration


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 add something


He had brought Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Connie Smith, Bobby Bare, Dolly Parton, Jerry Reed and John Hartford to the label in the 1960s and inspired and helped countless others add something


Mark Knopfler - During the 1960s, he formed and joined schoolboy bands and listened to singers like Elvis Presley and guitarists Chet Atkins, Scotty_Moore, B.B King, Django Reinhardt, Hank Marvin, and James Burton


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


Jerry Reed - In 1962, he scored some success with two singles "Goodnight Irene" and "Hully Gully Guitar," which found their way to Chet Atkins at RCA Victor, who produced Reed's 1965 "If I Don't Live Up to It."


When Porter left RCA in late 1964, Atkins said, "the sound was never the same, never as great add something


Dottie West - Also in 1964, she auditioned for producer Chet Atkins, the architect of the Nashville, Tennessee sound, who agreed to produce her composition "Here Comes My Baby"


Anita Kerr - In 1964, together with Chet Atkins and Jim Reeves, the Anita Kerr Singers toured Europe


Jim Reeves - Reeves played at the sports arena Njårdhallen, Oslo on April 16, 1964 with Bobby Bare, Chet Atkins, the Blue Boys and the Anita Kerr Singers


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


Atkins's own biggest hit single came in 1965, with "Yakety Axe", an adaptation of his friend saxophonist Boots Randolph's "Yakety Sax" add something


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


In 1967, a tribute song called "Chet's Tune" was produced for his birthday, with contributions by a long list of RCA/Victor artists including Eddy Arnold, Connie Smith, Jerry Reed, Willie Nelson, Hank Snow, and others add something


Lenny Breau - In 1967, recordings of Breau's playing from "The Lenny Breau Show" had found their way into the hands of Chet Atkins


Before his mentor Sholes died in 1968, Atkins had become vice president of RCA's country division add something


Larrie Londin - Encouraged by guitarist Chet Atkins and singer-guitarist Jerry Reed, Londin moved to Nashville, Tennessee in 1969, and grew to be regarded as Nashville, Tennessee's top session drummer


By the late 1970s, RCA decided to remove Atkins from his producing duties and replace him with younger men add something


In the 1970s, Atkins became increasingly stressed by his executive duties add something


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 add something


Johnny Gimble - From this time on he enjoyed steady work as a session musician, including with Merle Haggard on his Bob Wills tribute album and Chet Atkins on "Superpickers" in 1973


He stated in his 1974 autobiography, "We were so poor and everybody around us was so poor that it was the forties before anyone even knew there had been a depression add something


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 add something


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 add something


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.


In 1987 he told Nine-O-One Network Magazine that he was "ashamed" of his promotion: "I wanted to be known as a guitarist and I know, too, that they give you titles like that in lieu of money add something


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


Atkins continued performing in the 1990s, but his health declined after being diagnosed again with cancer in 1996 add something


He would return in the 1990s to play a series of charity concerts to save the school from demolition add something


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"


When Roger C. Field, a friend, suggested to him in 1991 that he record and perform with a female singer he did so with Suzy Bogguss add something


Larrie Londin - In 1991, Chet Atkins publicly introduced him as "the greatest drummer in the world"


In 1993 he was honored with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award add something


"Billboard" magazine awarded him their Century Award, their "highest honor for distinguished creative achievement", in December 1997 add something


Formerly using the call-sign, WA4CZD, he obtained the vanity call sign W4CGP in 1998 to reflect the C.G.P. name add something


Grady Martin - On April 5, 2000, he received a Chetty *award for significant instrumental achievement at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium during the Chet Atkins Musician Days festival

Chet Atkins died in 2001 add something


He died on June 30, 2001, at his home in Nashville, Tennessee add something


In 2002, Atkins was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame add something


In 2009, Steve Wariner released an album entitled "My Tribute to Chet Atkins" add something


Leona Atkins outlived Atkins by eight years, dying in 2009 at the age of 85 add something


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


In 2010, "Producer's Medley" won the Grammy for Best Country Instrumental Performance add something


In 2011 daughter Merle Atkins Russell bestowed the CGP degree upon long time sideman Paul Yandell add something


In November 2011, Rolling Stone ranked Atkins number 21 on its list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time add something