Chester Burton "Chet" Atkins (June 20, 1924 – June 30, 2001) was an American guitarist, occasional vocalist 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...Wikipedia
Age: 77 (age at death)
Born: 20th June, 1924, Luttrell, Tennessee, USA
Died: 30th June, 2001, Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Height: 6' 0" (183 cm)
Almost Alone is an album by Chet Atkins. He was 71 at the time of the album's release. It is almost all solo guitar instrumentals. "Jam Man" won the 1997 Grammy award for Best Country & Western Instrumental Performance.
[on producing records with Jim Reeves, aka "Gentleman Jim", who joined RCA in 1955 after recording several years for Abbott Records] When I first met and started working with him, he was singing too high. He was a great baritone, but he wasn`t a very good tenor. I always tried to keep him down in a low key, because when he did that, he sounded wonderful to me. He knew I liked it when he sang in that low key, but occasionally he`d kid me a little and pitch it up a little too high.
[on the first time he heard Hank Garland] I was in Knoxville, and I heard this chorus. I don`t recall the artist now, but I remember then that I thought it was the greatest guitar chorus I`d ever heard, so I checked around and found out it was Hank Garland who played it.
Was the brother-in-law of Jethro of the country-music comedy duo Homer and Jethro.
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002 (under the category Side-Men).