Atkins, Chet

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Atkins, Chet Gender: M
Atkins, Chester Burton
born on 20 June 1924 at 02:00 (= 02:00 AM )
Place Luttrell (Union County), Tennessee, 36n12, 83w45
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°38'

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Chet Atkins
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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..

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  • associate relationship with Burton, Gary (born 23 January 1943). Notes: Music collaborators
  • associate relationship with Presley, Elvis (born 8 January 1935). Notes: Music collaborators


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

Source Notes

Bonnie Parker quotes him


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