1942 to 1996
June 20, 1924 in Luttrell
June 30, 2001
Luttrell, Tennessee, United States
Chester Burton "Chet" Atkins known as "Mr. Guitar" and "The Country Gentleman" (June 20, 1924 – June 30, 2001) 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' signature picking style was inspired by Merle Travis.