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Chet Atkins

Born: 1924 AD
Died: 2001 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Guitarist, Musicians, Producers

1924 – Born in Luttrell, Tennessee on the 20th of June.



1942 – After dropping out of high school, he landed a job at WNOX radio in Knoxville.



1946 – Atkins made his first appearance at the Grand Ole Opry as a member of Foley’s band.



1947 – He made his first RCA recordings in Chicago.



1949 – He left WNOX to join Mother Maybelle and the Carter Sisters back at KWTO.



1950 – Atkins began working on recording sessions, performing on WSM and the Opry.



1955 – Atkins became a design consultant for Gretsch, who manufactured a popular Chet Atkins line of electric guitars.



1957 – He put Atkins in charge of RCA’s Nashville division.  



1960 – He enjoyed jamming with fellow studio musicians which led to them being asked to perform at the Newport Jazz Festival.



1968 – Atkins had become vice president of RCA’s country division.



1970 – Atkins became increasingly stressed by his executive duties.



1982-1983 – He left RCA and signed with Columbia Records, for whom he produced a debut album.



1993 – Atkins received numerous awards, including eleven Grammy Awards and nine Country Music Association Instrumentalist of the Year awards.



2001 – Died on the 30th of June at his home in Nashville



2002 – Atkins was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Fame. His award was presented by Marty Stuart and Brian Setzer and accepted by Atkin’s Grandson, Jonathan Russell. The following year, Atkins ranked #28 in CMT’s 40 Greatest Men of Country Music.