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Chet Atkins

one-13">[14] In 1993 he was honored with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Billboard magazine awarded him their Century Award, their "highest honor for distinguished creative achievement", in December 1997.[23]

Atkins is notable for his broad influence. His love for numerous styles of music can be traced from his early recording of stride-pianist James P. Johnson's "Johnson Rag," all the way to the rock stylings of Eric Johnson, an invited guest on Atkins's recording sessions who, when Chet attempted to copy his influential rocker "Cliffs of Dover," led to Atkins's creation of a unique arrangement of "Londonderry Air (Danny Boy)."

Chet's recordings of "Malagueña" inspired a new generation of Flamenco guitarists; the classical guitar selections included on almost all his albums were, for many American artists working in the field today, the first classical guitar they ever heard. He recorded smooth jazz guitar still played on American airwaves today.

Atkins continued performing in the 1990s, but his health declined after being diagnosed again with cancer in 1996. He died on June 30, 2001, at his home in Nashville, Tennessee.[24]

Atkins was buried at Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens in Nashville.[25]

A stretch of Columbus) is named "Chet Atkins Parkway".[26] This stretch of interstate runs through Fortson, GA where Atkins spent much of his childhood.

In 2002, Atkins was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.[21] His award was presented by Marty Stuart and Brian Setzer and accepted by Atkins's grandson, Jonathan Russell. The following year, Atkins ranked No.28 in CMT's 40 Greatest Men of Country Music.

At the age of 13, jazz guitarist Earl Klugh was captivated watching Atkins's guitar playing on The Perry Como Show.[27] Similarly he was an extremely big influence on Doyle Dykes. Atkins also inspired Drexl Jonez and Tommy Emmanuel.[28]

Clint Black's album "Nothin' but the Taillights" includes the song "Ode to Chet," which includes the lines "'Cause I can win her over like Romeo did Juliet, if I can only show her I can almost pick that legato lick like Chet" and "It'll take more than Mel Bay 1, 2, & 3 if I'm ever gonna play like CGP." Atkins plays guitar on the track. At the end of the song Black and Atkins have a brief conversation.

Chet's song Jam Man is currently used in commercials for Esurance.

The opening guitar licks to the Miranda Lambert song Only Prettier sound very similar to Chet Atkins's guitar picking style.

In 1967, a tribute song called "Chet's Tune" was produced for his birthday, with contributions by a long list of RCA/Victor artists including Eddy Arnold, Connie Smith, Jerry Reed, Willie Nelson, Hank Snow, and others. The song was written by Nashville songwriter Cy Coben, a friend of Atkins. The single reached No. 38 on the country charts.[29][30]

In 2009, Steve Wariner released an album entitled My Tribute to Chet Atkins. One song from that record, "Producer's Medley", featured Wariner's recreation of several very famous songs which Chet Atkins both produced and performed on. In 2010, "Producer's Medley" won the Grammy for Best Country Instrumental Performance.

In November 2011, Rolling Stone ranked Atkins #21 on its list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time.[31]


Industry awards

Country Music Association

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Grammy Awards

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame


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  11. ^ *Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
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  20. ^ Nine-O-One Interview, Nine-O-One Network Magazine,December 1987, p.10-11
  21. ^ a b "Chet Atkins", Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Accessed on March 28, 2008.
  22. ^ Official Web Site of Chet Atkins. Accessed on August 27, 2014.
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  24. ^ "Obituary", CNN, July 2, 2001 Accessed June 21, 2008
  25. ^ Chet Atkins at Find A Grave. Accessed November 24, 2010
  26. ^ "Chet Atkins Parkway bill resolution.". Archived from the original on January 28, 2005. Retrieved January 9, 2012. 
  27. ^ "Performing Arts Center, Buffalo State University". Retrieved 2012-02-27. 
  28. ^ Tommy Emmanuel official website biography. Retrieved September 2009.
  29. ^ Billboard, June 3, 1967, p. 41
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  • Kienzle, Rich (1998). "Chet Atkins". In The Encyclopedia of Country Music. Paul Kingsbury, Editor. New York: Oxford University Press. pp. 26–7.

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