Chet Atkins

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  • Inducted by:
    Marty Stuart & Brian Setzer
  • Category:
    Musical Excellence
Chet Atkins


A true country gentleman and the architect of the Nashville sound.

He established the much-storied Studio B. His signature picking style allowed him to play a bassline and a melody simultaneously. Chet Atkins was an innovator in every sense of the word.

Hall of Fame Essay


David McGee

Guitarist, songwriter, producer, talent scout, confidante - Chet Atkins, who passed away on June 30, 2001, played so many roles so well for so long that to enumerate his contributions would take more than a few pages and indeed merit a book length treatise.

To point out that he has sold more than thirty-five million albums as a solo artist, won fifteen Grammy Awards (including Lifetime Achievement) and changed the course of country music as a producer only scratches the surface of his legacy.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Program Cover 2002
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