Re: [gypsyjazzguitar] RIP Chet Atkins - 1924 - 2001
- Thank you Ted,
for the obituary by Jim Patterson...
Chet once said that Django was the only man whose autograph he wanted. He
was talking about a time when Django was playing in New York and Chet "hung
around" the back stage to meet him.
Chet was ahead of his time, of his time and for all time...a true original,
a players player.
- --- In gypsyjazzguitar@y..., "Ted Gottsegen" <tgottsegen@h...> wrote:
> He was a fan of Django's and a true gift to the instrument. He willChet had that technique in which he could play harmonized lines,
> be missed:
one of the notes being a harmonic that just floored me. And
while most people know about the influence from Elvis, Buddy
Holly, and Little Richard for McCartney and Lennon from
the Beatles, look how much Chet influenced them as well through
I heard "Tears" first from Chet,(in the guitar friendly key
of Amin), but otherwise cannot say that I know much of his
material as I don't own much music. However, one evening
on the radio, listening to "Truckin' Bozo" (an overnight
radio program geared towards truckers, heard on the 50,000
watt US radio stations), I heard a beautiful Atkins instrumental,
of which I am still trying to find the title to get a copy.
I can't very well hum you the melody, the chord progression of
the melody was F to Fmin, to C, to Gaug, to C, played
over a shuffle beat, and sounded somewhat like "I'll See You In
My Dreams". I had heard it on the radio before, so I assume
it was a "hit" for him. I am curious if there are any Chet
Atkins fans in this group that may know the song I am referring
- Wow!!! A sad day!
Thanks for including the Obit on Chet; I learned it here first.
The loss of a huge talent. Always a real favorite of mine -- at
least when he was not doing the schmaltzy, hokey, commercial stuff.
Far and away my favorite album was the duet he recorded with the
late, great Lenny Breau. Truly beautiful playing by both of them.
Their work on "Polkadots & Moonbeams" can make you weep. Check it
out, if you don't know of it.