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Chet

Chet

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Atkins, Chet (Chester Burton Atkins), 1924-2001, American country guitarist, singer, and record company executive, b. Luttrell, Tenn. Part of a musical family, he played fiddle and guitar as a youngster and performed professionally while still a teenager. His distinctive guitar-picking style involved using three fingers to pick out the melody while the thumb supplied the bass. A respected studio musician during the 1940s, Atkins became well known after his debut (1950) on the Grand Ole Opry radio show and, in the years that followed released some 100 solo albums and contributed to many more. He also was (1957-82) an important record producer and executive at RCA's Nashville division. Through his music and that of those with whom he performed and whom he produced—including Elvis Presley, the Everly Brothers, Eddy Arnold, Waylon Jennings, and Dolly Parton—Atkins helped shape the "Nashville sound" and transform the city into the center of the country music industry. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1973 and received 14 Grammy awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award (1993).

See his autobiography, Chet Atkins: Country Gentleman (1974); biography by R. O'Donnell (1976).

Huntley, Chet (Chester Robert Huntley), 1911-74, American news broadcaster, b. Cardwell, Mont. He joined the National Broadcasting Company in 1955. Huntley and David Brinkley developed documentary techniques for televised analyses of public affairs. Their Huntley-Brinkley Report series (1956-70) won several awards, including the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Award for news program achievement. In 1971, Huntley retired from television to develop land in Montana.

See his Generous Years: Remembrances of a Frontier Boyhood (1968).

orig. Chester Burton Atkins

(born June 20, 1924, Luttrell, Tenn., U.S.—died June 30, 2001, Nashville, Tenn.) U.S. guitarist and record company executive. Atkins began his musical career as a fiddler in the early 1940s, but it was his signature style of playing guitar (bass rhythm played with thumb, melody picked with three fingers) that brought him worldwide acclaim. In the early 1950s he began playing electric guitar, pioneering its use in country music. As an RCA Records executive, he produced hit recordings for Elvis Presley, Jim Reeves, and Waylon Jennings.

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orig. Chester Burton Atkins

(born June 20, 1924, Luttrell, Tenn., U.S.—died June 30, 2001, Nashville, Tenn.) U.S. guitarist and record company executive. Atkins began his musical career as a fiddler in the early 1940s, but it was his signature style of playing guitar (bass rhythm played with thumb, melody picked with three fingers) that brought him worldwide acclaim. In the early 1950s he began playing electric guitar, pioneering its use in country music. As an RCA Records executive, he produced hit recordings for Elvis Presley, Jim Reeves, and Waylon Jennings.

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This article is about the month, for the river in England, see River Chet. For the Semitic letter see Heth.

Chet is a first month of the Nanakshahi calendar, which govern the activities within Sikhism. This month coincides with March and April in the Gregorian and Julian calendars and is 31 days long.

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