Atkins, Chet

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Chet Atkins
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Atkins, Chet Gender: M
Atkins, Chester Burton
born on 20 June 1924 at 02:00 (= 02:00 AM )
Place Near Luttrell Tennessee, USA, 36n11, 83w46
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 28°41' s_mo.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 12°10 Asc.s_taucol.18.gif 20°36'


American country-western guitarist and songwriter who rose from poverty to international fame. A regular on the Grand Ole Opry from 1945-1953, he was most responsible for the "Nashville sound" that so popularized strings-laden music, starting in the 1950s. A recording artist, he not only did tours and concerts but played both classical and Country-West guitar, and he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1973.

Growing up dirt-poor in Tennessee, Atkins was known for his easy-going style and total lack of arrogance, despite his towering stature and influence (on everyone from the Everly Brothers to Elvis). He had asthma as a kid, and suffered from stage fright.

He married Leona on 7/03/1946; one daughter, Merle. His autobiography was titled, "Country Gentleman."

After battling cancer for several years, Atkins died of cancer on June 30, 2001 at his country home in Nashville, TN..

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • Work : Prize 1973 (Inducted into Country Music Hall of Fame)
  • Work : Begin Major Project 1945 (Grand Ole Opry,1945-53)
  • Relationship : Marriage 3 July 1946 (Long term marriage)
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Source Notes

Bonnie Parker quotes him


  • Lifestyle : Financial : Rags to riches
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Instrumentalist (Guitar)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Song writer
  • Notable : Awards : Hall of Fame (1973)
  • Notable : Book Collection : Culture Collection
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Asthma (As a child)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (One)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (One daughter)
  • Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer ("Country Gentleman")
  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Phobias (Stage fright)
  • Family : Relationship : Marriage more than 15 Yrs (From 1946)