How Country Guitar King Chet Atkins Helped Popularize Classical Repertoire

FROM THE WINTER 2017 ISSUE OF CLASSICAL GUITAR | BY JOHN PATYKULA | PHOTOS BY MICHAEL PEIRCE, COURTESY BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA ARCHIVES In 1967, Chet Atkins, the 43-year-old guitar virtuoso, could already look back on a life filled with accomplishments. He had gone from his “starving days” as a struggling musician making $3 a night, to fame and fortune, earning $22,000 for a concert. He was known internationally as “Mr. Guitar,” as well as vice-president of RCA in Nashville. When … Continue reading How Country Guitar King Chet Atkins Helped Popularize Classical Repertoire