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  Chet Atkins: Mister Guitar - Biographies
However, Chet was still attracted to the guitar and at the age of nine, he traded a pistol for a guitar.
Atkins also began making regular performances on the WRVA radio station in Richmond, VA, but he was repeatedly fired because his musical arrangements differed from the expectations of the station's executives.
Atkins continued to record for RCA throughout the '70s, although he was creatively stifled by the label by the end of the decade.
www.misterguitar.com /bios/atkinsbio.html   (949 words)

 Reference.com/Encyclopedia/Chet Atkins
Atkins was born in Luttrell, Tennessee, and grew up with his mother and siblings after the divorce of his parents.
Atkins was self-taught, and later on in life gave himself (and a few others) the honorary degree "CGP", standing for "Certified Guitar Player".
Atkin's last major hit single came in 1969, and in the 1970s, he worked mostly in trio with Homer and Jethro, and then with Jethro (his brother-in-law) after Homer died.
www.reference.com /browse/wiki/Chet_Atkins   (548 words)

 Chet Atkins c.g.p.: Gibson loses 'a dear friend'
Chet had been a part of the Gibson family for almost 20 years, since the introduction of the innovative Gibson Chet Atkins CE solidbody classical model in 1982.
Chet had envisioned the solidbody acoustic only as a classical model, but in 1986, shortly after Gibson was acquired by Henry Juszkiewicz and his partners, a new steel-string version, the Chet Atkins SST, was introduced.
Chet served as an active guest curator for 100 Years of Gibson, an exhibit of historic Gibson instruments that ran for six years at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville.
www.gibson.com /whatsnew/pressrelease/2001/july2a.html   (1111 words)

 Acoustic Guitar Central: Chet Atkins Feature
Chet Atkins once said that all he ever wanted to be was a famous guitarist.
Atkins had all of that going for him and, as far as Steve Sholes at RCA Records was concerned, he was the best person to supervise a new country music division for the label.
Atkins produced hundreds of songs for Arnold at RCA, including such hits as "Make the World Go Away," and "You Don’t Know Me." Arnold said that Atkins’ rendition of "Cold, Cold Heart" with Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops Orchestra is one of his all-time favorite recordings.
www.acousticguitar.com /issues/ag108/feature108.html   (2082 words)

 BMI Salutes Chet Atkins
A BMI songwriter since 1958 with over 200 songs in his repertoire, Atkins was widely known and admired by the general public as a master guitarist and at the same time played a less visible role behind the scenes as a musician, producer and record executive.
Born in the hills of Tennessee, Chet Atkins first came to the public’s attention as a member of the band that accompanied the Carter Sisters and Mother Maybelle.
Atkins (right) is seen here in 1991 at the BMI-hosted dedication party of "Chet Atkins Place" on Music Row, only the second person (Roy Acuff was the first) to be honored with a namesake street.
www.bmi.com /news/200107/20010702a.asp   (552 words)

 St. James Encyclopedia of Pop Culture: Chet Atkins
Chet Atkins, who became a permanent fixture at the Grand Ole Opry as a talented and technically precise guitarist,; was one of the pioneers of Nashville's new sound.
Atkins was born in 1924 in Luttrell, Tennessee,; a small Appalachian town tucked away in the state's eastern corner.
Atkins then began to bring in an assortment of artists, with diverse and innovative styles, into the studio, marking the beginnings of the Nashville sound.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_g1epc/is_bio/ai_2419200043   (484 words)

 Chet Atkins   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Chet Atkins died on June 30 at the age of 77.
Atkins was the youngest inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame at the age of 49.
Atkins was the kind of producer who took the time to teach her how vocal tracking worked so she could sing harmony with herself in the studio.
www.countrylinemagazine.com /chet.html   (1330 words)

 Tribute to Chet Atkins
Celebrated guitarist Chet Atkins, whose guitar style influenced a generation of rock musicians even as he helped develop an easygoing country style to compete with it, died Saturday.
Chet Atkins is the most recorded solo instrumentalist in music history.
Atkins helped craft the lush Nashville Sound, using string sections and lots of echo to make records that appealed to older listeners not interested in rock music.
www.jdcountrymusic.com /Stars/ChetAtkins.html   (390 words)

 CMT.com : Chet Atkins : Biography
Atkins had his first Top Five hit in 1965 with a reworking of Boots Randolph's "Yakety Sax," retitled "Yakety Axe"; in addition to being a sizable country hit, the song crossed over to the pop charts.
Because of his consistent track record, Atkins was promoted to vice president of RCA's country division when Sholes died in 1968.
Atkins was diagnosed with cancer and doctors removed a tumor from his brain in 1997.
www.cmt.com /artists/az/atkins_chet/bio.jhtml   (1013 words)

 AllRefer.com - Chet Atkins (Music: Popular And Jazz, Biography) - Encyclopedia
Chet Atkins (Chester Burton Atkins), 1924–2001, American country guitarist, singer, and record company executive, b.
A respected studio musician during the 1940s, Atkins became well known after his debut (1950) on the Grand Ole Opry radio show and, in the years that followed released some 100 solo albums and contributed to many more.
Through his music and that of those with whom he performed and whom he produced : including Elvis Presley, the Everly Brothers, Eddy Arnold, Waylon Jennings, and Dolly Parton : Atkins helped shape the "Nashville sound" and transform the city into the center of the country music industry.
reference.allrefer.com /encyclopedia/A/AtkinsC.html   (316 words)

 Farewell to Chet Atkins
Atkins was a Country Music Hall of Fame producer, executive and instrumentalist whose studio musicianship allowed his string-tickling work to grace the records of dozens of other Nashville legends.
Atkins auditioned at Knoxville's WNOX and was hired as a fiddler by Archie Campbell and Bill Carlisle.
Atkins was the first recipient of the festival's ''Chettie'' award, which was subsequently given to such figures as Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, Grady Martin and Duane Eddy.
www.countrypolitan.com /prof0701.php   (2560 words)

 Atkins, Chet on Encyclopedia.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
ATKINS, CHET [Atkins, Chet] (Chester Burton Atkins), 1924-2001, American country guitarist, singer, and record company executive, b.
Through his music and that of those with whom he performed and whom he produced—including Elvis Presley, the Everly Brothers, Eddy Arnold, Waylon Jennings, and Dolly Parton —Atkins helped shape the "Nashville sound" and transform the city into the center of the country music industry.
Archive Photos 01-01-1996 Chet AtkinsOne of the most skillful and enduring guitarists in country music since the 1950's, Chet Atkins incorporated separate bass and melody lines with his virtuosic finger picking on his many instrumental hits before gaining wider public recognition with his recent
www.encyclopedia.com /html/a/atkinsc1.asp   (358 words)

 Chet Atkins - 1000 Great Guitar Sites on the Web
Chet's favorite reaction to this album was a fan's asking "Did you guys know the mike was on when you recorded that album?" A must-have album for Chet's fans, and fans of the guitar in general.
Chet Atkins Fans Club Dedicated to the continuation of fingerstyle guitar.
Chet Atkins Fans Club is more than just another Chet site..Along with the usual message board, links page, and pretty pictures, we are the place to be on Saturday night for the best live fingerpicking chat on the net!
www.guitarsite.com /ChetAtkins.htm   (935 words)

 Biography - Chet Atkins (Bio 570)
Atkins had his first Top 5 hit in 1965 with a reworking of Boots Randolph's "Yakety Sax," retitled "Yakety Axe; " in addition to being a sizable country hit, the song crossed over to the pop charts.
Sadly, Atkins was diagnosed with cancer, and in 1997 doctors removed a tumor from his brain.
In his last months, the cancer had made Atkins inactive, and he finally lost the battle on June 30, 2001 at his home in Nashville.
musicbase.h1.ru /PPB/ppb5/Bio_570.htm   (1036 words)

 Chet Atkins & Jerry Reed In Concert at the Bottom Line: Vestapol DVD 13092dvd
Chet Atkins, the subdued quiet picker who thrilled at performing the fast, frantic instrumentals written by his energetic alter ego, Jerry Reed.
Chet, about 12 years the senior, had perfected his style by the time a young Jerry Reed was being inspired by Chet's records.
Chet and Jerry were in the limelight as a duet again in 1992 with another Grammy award winning album, "Sneakin' Around." That CD led to several show dates together, including this performance at the Bottom Line.
guitarvideos.com /dvd/13092dvd.htm   (345 words)

 Rolling Stone : Chet Atkins Dies
Born Chester Burton Atkins on June 20, 1924 in Luttrell, a small town in East Tennessee, Atkins was raised in a musical family and was initially directed towards the fiddle.
Atkins' production work was so influential that it provided the basic sketch the sounds developed by other producers, most notably Billy Sherrill, who recorded George Jones and Tammy Wynette during the height of their popularity.
Atkins jumped ship in the early Eighties when RCA balked at his desire to record a jazz-tinged album.
www.rollingstone.com /news/story/5931727/chet_atkins_dies   (594 words)

 Amazon.com: Chet Atkins Picks on the Beatles: Music: Chet Atkins   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Chet Atkins captures the sounds of the times with his rendition of the fab four's recordings.
"Chet Atkins Picks on the Beatles" is a little-known gem that is essential listening for fans of both the Beatles and the electric guitar.
Atkins deftly brings out the beauty of several of the Fab Four's early melodies, rendering them in a distinctive style that is equal parts country, surf and lounge music -- a style that improbably combines 1960's Nashville, Southern California and Las Vegas without in any way detracting from the original songs.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B000002WF0?v=glance   (1131 words)

 Guitar Files® Chet Atkins
Atkins is one of the most influential and prolific guitarists of the 20th century, as well as an important producer and an RCA Records executive.
Atkins' first album, Chet Atkins' Gallopin' Guitar, was issued in 1953, his discography eventually comprising over 100 albums under his own name.
Atkins was named an RCA vice-president in 1968 and remained in that position until 1979.
www.theguitarfiles.com /guitarfile5.html   (594 words)

 Chet Atkins
Starting as a mainstream country musician, Atkins began working as an A&R man for RCA in the early 1950s, and produced most of RCA's country recordings from the late 1950s through the late 1960s.
Along with Floyd Cramer and Owen Bradley, he was one of the creators of what became known as the "Nashville sound," which paired country singers with the same kind of lush string orchestras one could find on Perry Como albums, except for the addition of a tasefully mixed-in steel guitar.
Many of Atkins' own recordings are perfect examples of this effect, taking strong original melodies and excellent musicians and blending them together until any noticeable character has been washed away.
www.spaceagepop.com /atkins.htm   (490 words)

 Chet Atkins MP3 Downloads - Chet Atkins Music Downloads - Chet Atkins Music Videos
Atkins worked with Homer & Jethro while he was at the radio station.
By the time Sholes heard the tape, Atkins had moved to Denver, and was playing with Shorty Thompson & His Rangers.
Once he arrived in Nashville, Atkins recorded eight tracks for the label, five of which featured the guitarist singing.
www.mp3.com /chet-atkins/artists/1257/biography.html   (1116 words)

When, as a child, Atkins first studied the music of the south, country performance was essentially folk in nature, characterized by the traditional sound of the fiddle, banjo, and unamplified guitar.
By the time Chet achieved international recognition as a musician and businessman, country music had become a sophisticated popular art form, surrounded by all of the legal, musical, and professional paraphernalia which characterizes popular music in any era.
Chet has, thus, possessed an opportunity afforded few artists, that of consistently imposing his personal interpretation of country music upon a major corporation (RCA Records) and upon many country entertainers.
www.southernmusic.net /chetatkins.htm   (322 words)

 ARRLWeb: 'Mister Guitar,' Chet Atkins, W4CGP, SK
Formerly WA4CZD, Atkins, a General licensee, obtained the vanity call sign W4CGP in 1998--the suffix standing for "certified guitar picker." He was an ARRL member.
The appeal of Atkins' music extended beyond the boundaries of the country music world, and he is considered the primary architect of the more lush and uptown "Nashville Sound" that drew on his country music roots.
Atkins is survived by his wife of more than 50 years, Leona, a daughter Merle, a sister and two grandchildren.
www.arrl.org /news/stories/2001/07/02/1?nc=1   (793 words)

 Chet Atkins
Cancer took the physical life of Chet Atkins, but no known sinister force in the universe has the power to extinguish his unprecedented contributions to popular music.
Atkins invented a style that is immediately recognizable but nearly impossible to duplicate.
It was because of Atkins’ urging that RCA purchased Elvis Presley’s contract from Sun Records, a move that revolutionized popular music and made rock and roll a global force.
www.docsnews.com /music_chetatkins.html   (288 words)

 Chet Atkins   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Some of my earliest musical memories are those of sitting with Dad as we listened to his Chet Atkins records.
Chet simply had a way of captivating anyone with an ear for sweet music.
Chet took songs such as Vincent, The Entertainer, and Wish Upon A Star and made them into the sweetest sounds I have ever heard on a guitar.
www.mnsutton.com /chet_atkins.htm   (1454 words)

 Chet Atkins
Known as the “Country Gentleman,” Atkins gained fame in the 1940s, performing with the Carter Family in the Grand Ole Opry.
When interest in country music began to wane, Atkins was influential in adapting the genre to appeal to the growing base of rock-and-roll fans.
Chet Atkins - Atkins, Chet (Chester Burton Atkins), 1924–2001, American country guitarist, singer, and...
www.infoplease.com /ipa/A0882323.html   (247 words)

 Amazon.com: Early Chet Atkins: Music: Chet Atkins   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Chet Atkins with the Carter Sisters and Mother Maybelle 1949 ~ Chet Atkins
Chet Atkins' music evolved considerably duirng the fantastic career he enjoyed.
For those who don't know it, Chet was an amazing fiddle player and his artistry on that instrument can be heard on this album as well as his unique guitar stylings.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B0002CH7LQ?v=glance   (534 words)

 Sheet Music Plus - The Guitar of Chet Atkins
Addressing intermediate and advanced fingerstyle guitarists, Chet performs and describes in detail, phrase by phrase, the playing of nine of his classic arrangements.
Chet Atkins, Mark Knopfler: Neck And Neck For guitar and voice...
Chet Atkins: Chet Atkins - Contemporary Styles By Dave Whitehill...
www.sheetmusicplus.com /a/item.html?id=77965&item=1730830   (204 words)

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