Chet Atkins Biography

Bassist, Guitarist, Music Producer, Business Leader (1924–2001)
Chet Atkins was an influential American country-and-western guitarist and record company executive who is often credited with developing the Nashville Sound.


Born June 20, 1924, in Luttrell, TN, Chet Akins played the guitar as a child and as a teen performed professionally as a fiddler. By the late 1940s he had become a sought-after session guitarist. From his first solo album through more than 100 recordings in his own name and hundreds more as a backing musician, his picking style changed little, but his material and collaborators varied widely.

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