77 (passed away Jun. 30th, 2001)
Jun. 20th, 1924
Luttrell, Tennessee, USA
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Chet Atkins was an A&R (artist and repertoire) executive for RCA Victor Records from 1958 until 1974, producing recordings for such artists as Elvis Presley, Bobby Bare (I), Eddy Arnold, Jim Reeves (I), Skeeter Davis, Waylon Jennings, Duane Eddy, The Browns, Charley Pride, Hank Snow (II) and The Everly Brothers, to name just a few. In the early 1960s, at the peak of his production activity, he supervised as many as 300 recording sessions a year - each session lasting at most three hours and yielding three or four arranged and completed tracks. At his disposal were the cream of Nashville session musicians, the so-called "A-list", including pianists Floyd Cramer and Hargus Robbins, saxophonist Boots Randolph, guitarists Grady Martin, Harold Bradley and Hank Garland, legendary bassist Bob Moore, drummer Hugh Harman and renowned harmonica artist Charlie McCoy, backed up by superb vocalists such as Anita Kerr, Millie Kirkham and The Jordanaires. A superb talent with an amazing sense of musical creativity, Chet Atkins wrote the "book" for much of what we consider good popular music today.
- Covered the song "Sugarfoot Rag" by 'Hank Garland' (qv), for his album "Guitar Country" (1964)
- Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1973, at age 49.
- Won 14 Grammys, including a Lifetime Achievement Award in 1993.
- Recorded 100+ albums.
- Played guitar on many classic recordings, such as 'Elvis Presley' (qv)'s "Heartbreak Hotel", 'Hank Williams (I)' (qv)' "Your Cheatin' Heart", and the Everly Brothers' "Wake Up, Little Susie".
- Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002 (under the category Side-Men).
- Was a licensed amateur (ham) radio operator with the call sign W4CGP. His call is now owned by a young musician who is a big admirer of the late star.
- Brother of singer/radio personality Jim Atkins.
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