Chet Atkins


Chet Atkins (June 20, 1924 - June 30, 2001) was a celebrated country guitarist, singer, songwriter, and producer that became famous beginning in the mid 1950s. His best known songs include his hit instrumental renditions of The Chordettes' "Mr. Sandman" (1955) and Boots Randolph's "Yakety Axe" (1965). He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame (1973) and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (2002) and received 14 Grammys and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (1993).

Best known songs (with years) include:

  • Jean's Song (Poor People Of Paris) (1956)
  • Boo Boo Stick Beat (1959)
  • One Mint Julep (1960)
  • Teensville (1960)
  • Yakety Axe (1965)

Pop charts debut year: 1956

Years active: 1942-1996

Genres: Country, country rock, rock, folk, rockabilly, jazz

Labels: RCA Victor, Columbia



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