Chet Atkins

Chester Burton "Chet" Atkins, known as "Mr. Guitar" and "The Country Gentleman", was an American musician, occasional vocalist, songwriter, and record producer, who along with Owen Bradley and Bob Ferguson, among others, created the country music style that came to be known as the Nashville sound, which expanded country music's appeal to adult pop music fans. He was primarily known as a guitarist. He also played the mandolin, fiddle, banjo, and ukulele. Atkins's signature picking style was inspired by Merle Travis. Other major guitar influences were Django Reinhardt, George Barnes, Les Paul, and, later, Jerry Reed. His distinctive picking style and musicianship brought him admirers inside and outside the country scene, both in the United States and abroad. Atkins spent most of his career at RCA Victor and produced records for the Browns, Hank Snow, Porter Wagoner, Norma Jean, Dolly Parton, Dottie West, Perry Como, Floyd Cramer, Elvis Presley, the Everly Brothers, Eddy Arnold, Don Gibson, Jim Reeves, Jerry Reed, Skeeter Davis, Waylon Jennings, and many others. Rolling Stone credited Atkins with inventing the "popwise 'Nashville sound' that rescued country music from a commercial slump," and ranked him number 21 on their list of "The 100 Greatest Guitarists Of All Time." Among many other honors, Atkins received 14 Grammy Awards and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. He also received nine Country Music Association awards for Instrumentalist of the Year. He was ...

Opry Video Classics: Hall of Fame (2007)

Back in 1961, the Country Music Association founded the Country Music Hall of Fame to recognize the top artists, songwriters, broadcasters and executives in the business. Hall of Fame set honors the illustrious Class of '73 - Chet Atkins and Patsy Cline - with ...  (more)

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CAST:  Johnny Cash  •  Patsy Cline  •  Chet Atkins  •  Willie Nelson

Back in 1961, the Country Music Association founded the Country Music Hall of Fame to recognize the top artists, songwriters, broadcasters and executives in the business. Hall of Fame set honors the illustrious Class of '73 - Chet Atkins and Patsy Cline - with ...  (more)

DIRECTION: 
CAST:  Johnny Cash  •  Patsy Cline  •  Chet Atkins  •  Willie Nelson

In Dreams: The Roy Orbison Story (1999)

Roy Orbison - In Dreams is the ultimate exclusive music documentary of the life of Roy Orbison. It provides in-depth insights into his legendary career with classic performances, personal home movies and photos, location footage and interviews with the great and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Hall
CAST:  Roy Orbison  •  Pete Anderson  •  Chet Atkins  •  Jeff Ayeroff

Roy Orbison - In Dreams is the ultimate exclusive music documentary of the life of Roy Orbison. It provides in-depth insights into his legendary career with classic performances, personal home movies and photos, location footage and interviews with the great and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Hall
CAST:  Roy Orbison  •  Pete Anderson  •  Chet Atkins  •  Jeff Ayeroff

Country Music Classics: Webb Pierce and Chet Atkins (1991)

Music/Musical - Historical footage of both music legends as they play their way through their most memorable hits. - Webb Pierce - Actor, Chet Atkins - Actor  (more)

DIRECTION: 
CAST:  Webb Pierce  •  Chet Atkins

Music/Musical - Historical footage of both music legends as they play their way through their most memorable hits. - Webb Pierce - Actor, Chet Atkins - Actor  (more)

DIRECTION: 
CAST:  Webb Pierce  •  Chet Atkins

The Winding Stream (2014)

The story of the American music dynasty, the Carters and Cashes, and their decades-long influence on popular music.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Beth Harrington
CAST:  Johnny Cash  •  June Carter Cash  •  John Carter Cash  •  Rosanne Cash

The story of the American music dynasty, the Carters and Cashes, and their decades-long influence on popular music.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Beth Harrington
CAST:  Johnny Cash  •  June Carter Cash  •  John Carter Cash  •  Rosanne Cash

Big Dreams & Broken Hearts: The Dottie West Story (1995)

Dottie West fought a difficult childhood to rise as one of country music's icons winning the first ever Grammy for Best Female Country Vocal Performance in 1965. She pushed the boundaries of country music and befriended some of their greatest musical artistes. Poor ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bill D'Elia
CAST:  Michele Lee  •  Chet Atkins  •  David James Elliott  •  Larry Gatlin

Dottie West fought a difficult childhood to rise as one of country music's icons winning the first ever Grammy for Best Female Country Vocal Performance in 1965. She pushed the boundaries of country music and befriended some of their greatest musical artistes. Poor ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bill D'Elia
CAST:  Michele Lee  •  Chet Atkins  •  David James Elliott  •  Larry Gatlin

The Secret Policeman’s Third Ball (1987)

When the British Amnesty shows finally resumed in 1987 after a six-year hiatus, the show format was retooled in an effort to take advantage of the growing number of rock musicians supporting Amnesty. Instead of the live show being primarily a comedy show with a few ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ken O'Neill
CAST:  Chet Atkins  •  Jackson Browne  •  John Cleese  •  Robbie Coltrane

When the British Amnesty shows finally resumed in 1987 after a six-year hiatus, the show format was retooled in an effort to take advantage of the growing number of rock musicians supporting Amnesty. Instead of the live show being primarily a comedy show with a few ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ken O'Neill
CAST:  Chet Atkins  •  Jackson Browne  •  John Cleese  •  Robbie Coltrane