CHET ATKINS Biography - Musicians


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Name: Chet Atkins                                                               
Born: 20 June 1924 Luttrell, Tennessee                                           
Died: 30 June 2001                                                               
Genre: Country, Classical, Folk, Jazz                                           
Years active: 1942 - 2001                                                       
Chester Burton "Chet" Atkins (June 20, 1924 - June 30, 2001) was an influential 
guitarist and record producer. His picking style, inspired by Merle Travis,     
Django Reinhardt, George Barnes and Les Paul, brought him admirers both within   
and outside the country scene, both in the U.S.A. and internationally. Atkins   
produced records for Perry Como, Elvis Presley, Eddy Arnold, Don Gibson, Jim     
Reeves, Jerry Reed, Skeeter Davis, Connie Smith, Waylon Jennings, and others. He 
created, along with Owen Bradley, the smoother country music style known as the 
Nashville sound, which expanded country music's appeal to include adult pop     
music fans as well.