Chet Atkins discography

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Chet Atkins discography
Studio albums 88
Live albums 3
Compilation albums 53 plus
EPs 19 plus
Singles 113

Chet Atkins' discography is large and diverse. Not only did he release principal studio albums as a solo artist, he was a prolific and much sought-after collaborator. He also played as a sideman on many more. His major collaborations were with Hank Snow, Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops Orchestra, The Country All-Stars, The Nashville String Band, Jerry Reed, Merle Travis, Doc Watson, Lenny Breau, Les Paul, Mark Knopfler, Suzy Bogguss, and Tommy Emmanuel. He frequently guested on a track or two with other friends. Several of his recordings won or were nominated for Grammy Awards.

The majority of his releases were on the RCA label with many budget releases on their Camden label besides a large number of compilations and anthologies. He left RCA in 1982 after 36 years and signed with Columbia Records.

His discography as a producer encompasses a large number of albums and singles for a wide range of artists. Atkins produced records for Perry Como, Elvis Presley, Eddy Arnold, Don Gibson, Jim Reeves, Jerry Reed, Skeeter Davis, Connie Smith, Waylon Jennings, and many others.[1][2]


Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Chart positions Notes
US Country US
1952 Chet Atkins' Gallopin' Guitar 10-inch record
1953 Stringin' Along With Chet Atkins 10-inch record
1954 A Session with Chet Atkins
1955 Stringin' Along with Chet Atkins LP version
Chet Atkins in Three Dimensions
1956 Finger Style Guitar
1957 Chet Atkins at Home 21
Hi Fi in Focus
1959 Chet Atkins in Hollywood
Hum & Strum Along with Chet Atkins
Mister Guitar
1960 After the Riot at Newport with the Nashville All-Stars
Teensville 16
The Other Chet Atkins
1961 Chet Atkins' Workshop 7
The Most Popular Guitar 119
Christmas with Chet Atkins 12
1962 Chet Atkins Plays Back Home Hymns
Caribbean Guitar 33
Down Home 31
1963 Our Man in Nashville 135
Teen Scene 93 (re-issued in 1975)
1964 Guitar Country 1 64
Progressive Pickin'
1965 My Favorite Guitars
More of That Guitar Country 4
1966 Chet Atkins Picks on The Beatles 6 112
From Nashville With Love 26 140
Music From Nashville, My Home Town
1967 It's a Guitar World 19 148
Picks the Best (Won the 1967 Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Performance)
Class Guitar 26 189
1968 Hometown Guitar 17
Solid Gold 68 18
Solo Flights 184
1969 Lover's Guitar
Solid Gold 69 33 150
1970 Yestergroovin' 139
Solid Gold 70
Pickin' My Way 30
1971 For the Good Times 17 "Snowbird" won the 1971 Grammy for Best Country Instrumental Performance
1972 Picks on the Hits 38
1973 Alone 42
1974 Chet Atkins Picks on Jerry Reed songs of Jerry Reed
1975 The Night Atlanta Burned 30
Chet Atkins Goes to the Movies 43 Won the 1975 Best Country Instrumental Performance Grammy for "The Entertainer"
Teen Scene reissue on the Pickwick label
1977 Me and My Guitar 50
1981 Country After All These Years Won the 1981 Grammy for Best Country Instrumental Performance
1983 Work It out with Chet Atkins C.G.P. 64 CBS
East Tennessee Christmas CBS
1985 Stay Tuned 145 "Cosmic Square Dance" won the 1985 Grammy for Best Country Instrumental Performance
Peaked at #12 on Top Jazz Albums
1986 Street Dreams
1987 Sails
1988 Chet Atkins, C.G.P.
1994 Read My Licks
1996 Almost Alone 74 "Jam Man" won the 1996 Grammy for Best Country & Western Instrumental Performance
2003 Solo Sessions posthumous release


Year Album Chart positions Notes
US Country US CAN
1964 Reminiscing with Hank Snow
1966 The Pops Goes Country 36 62 with Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops
1969 Chet Atkins Picks on the Pops 160 with Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops
1970 Me & Jerry 13 with Jerry Reed (Won the 1970 Grammy for Best Country Instrumental)
C.B. Atkins & C.E. Snow by Special Request with C.E. (Hank) Snow
1971 Me & Chet 24 with Jerry Reed
1972 Chet Floyd & Boots with Floyd Cramer and Boots Randolph
American Salute with Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops
1974 Superpickers
The Atkins - Travis Traveling Show 30 with Merle Travis (Won the 1974 Grammy for Best Country Instrumental)
1976 Chester & Lester 11 172 with Les Paul (Won the 1976 Grammy for Best Country Instrumental)
1977 Chet Floyd & Danny 46 with Floyd Cramer and Danny Davis
1978 Guitar Monsters 27 with Les Paul
1979 First Nashville Guitar Quartet with Liona Boyd, John Knowles and John Pell
1980 Reflections with Doc Watson
1981 Standard Brands with Lenny Breau
1990 Neck & Neck 27 127 71 with Mark Knopfler. "Poor Boy Blues" won a Grammy for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals. "So Soft Your Goodbye" won for Best Country Instrumental Performance
1992 Sneakin' Around 68 with Jerry Reed. Won the 1992 Grammy award for Best Country & Western Instrumental Performance
1993 The Gingham Dog and the Calico Cat with Amy Grant
1994 Simpatico 55 with Suzy Bogguss
1997 The Day Finger Pickers Took Over the World with Tommy Emmanuel

Live albums[edit]

Year Album US Country Notes
1975 In Concert This includes Chet along with Charlie Pride, Ronnie Milsap, Dolly Parton & Jerry Reed
1979 And Then Came Chet Atkins Includes Chet along with Paul Yandell (g), Henry Strezlecki (b), Randy Goodrum (p) and Larrie Londin (d). Recorded at the Olympia, Paris, in December 1977. Issued in France on July 20, 1979
1980 The Best of Chet on the Road — Live 43

With The Country All-Stars[edit]

Year Album
1953 String Dustin'
1993 Jazz From the Hills

With The Nashville String Band[edit]

Year Album
1969 The Nashville String Band
1970 Down Home
1971 Strung Up
1972 The Bandit
World's Greatest Melodies


Year Album
1968 Play Guitar with Chet Atkins
1971 Chet Atkins Guitar Method Volume 1 & 2


Year Album US Country Notes
1961 Chet Atkins Plays Great Movie Themes
1963 The Guitar Genius Camden
1964 The Best of Chet Atkins
The Early Years of Chet Atkins & His Guitar
1966 The Best of Chet Atkins, Vol. 2
1967 Chet
1968 Chet All The Way Import
1969 Relaxin' With Chet
1971 Country Pickin' Pickwick
Mr. Atkins, Guitar Picker Camden
This Is Chet Atkins 30
1972 Now and... Then 40
Finger Pickin' Good Camden
Nashville Gold
1973 Discover Japan Import
1975 Famous Country Music Makers
The Golden Guitar of Chet Atkins
1976 The Best of Chet Atkins & Friends 25
1977 Love Letters Camden
A Legendary Performer
1981 Country Music Time/Life
1982 Solid Gold Guitar
1983 Guitar Pickin' Man
Great Hits of the Past
1984 Tennessee Guitar Man Pair Records
A Man & His Guitar
1985 Collectors Series
Guitar for all Seasons Pair Records
1986 20 of the Best
1988 Pickin' on Country Pair Records
1989 Masters of the Guitar: Together Pair Records compilation with Les Paul
Pickin' the Hits Pair Records
1990 The Magic of Chet Atkins Heartland Music
Country Gems Pair Records
1991 The Romantic Guitar RCA Special Products
1992 The RCA Years
1993 Galloping Guitar: The Early Years Bear Family release
1996 The Essential Chet Atkins
1998 Masters Import
Super Hits
2000 The Guitar Genius/Relaxin' with Chet/Nashville Gold 42 Camden
Guitar Legend: The RCA Years
Guitar Man Import
2001 RCA Country Legends: Chet Atkins
A Master and His Music
2002 Chet Picks on the Grammys
Tribute to Bluegrass
2003 The Best of Chet Atkins Belgium
Legendary BMG International
2004 Mr. Guitar: The Complete Recordings 1955-1960 Bear Family
I've Been Working on the Guitar: The Legend Begins Country Stars
High Rockin' Swing Universe
Early Chet Atkins Country Routes
The Essential Chet Atkins: The Columbia Years Columbia
2005 Carter Sisters and Mother Maybelle With Chet Atkins Country Routes
The Nashville Jump Xtra
Chet Atkins with the Carter Sisters and Mother Maybelle 1949 Country Routes
2007 Eclectic Guitar El
The Essential Chet Atkins Legacy
The Early Years 1946-1957 JSP (five disc box set)


Year Single Chart positions Album
US Country US
CAN Country
1946 "Guitar Blues" Singles only
1947 "Canned Heat"
"Standing Room Only"
1948 "Bug Dance"
"I Know When I'm Blue"
"Dizzy String"
"I'm Pickin' the Blues"
1949 "Money Marbles and Chalk"
"Barber Shop Rag"
"Telling My Troubles to My Old Guitar"
"Centipede Boogie"
1950 "One More Chance"
"Main Street Breakdown" Stringin' Along
"Boogie Man Boogie"
"Confusin'" Single only
1951 "Indian Love Call" Stringin' Along
"Mountain Melody" Singles only
"My Crazy Heart"
"Crazy Rhythm"
"In the Mood" Finger Style Guitar
1952 "Rainbow" Mr. Guitar
"Spanish Fandango" Single only
"Meet Mr. Callaghan" In Hollywood
"Tennessee Rag" Single only
"Galloping on the Guitar" Gallopin' Guitar
"St. Louis Blues"
"Black Mountain Rag"
"Midnight" Singles only
"It Goes Like This (That Funny Melody)"
"Guitar Polka"
1953 "Fiddle Patch"
"Fig Leaf Rag"
"What's the Reason (I'm Not Pleasin' You)"
"Country Gentleman" Mr. Guitar
"Three O'Clock in the Morning" Singles only
"Barbershop Rag"
1954 "Wildwood Flower"
"Georgia's Camp Meeting"
"Downhill Drag"
"Mr. Misery"
"Mr. Sandman" 13
"Silver Bell" (w/ Hank Snow) 15
1955 "Hey Mister Guitar"
"Somebody Stole My Gal"
"Vacation Train"
"Christmas Carols"
"Poor People of Paris (Jean's Song)" 52
1956 "Cecilia"
"Reminiscing" (w/ Hank Snow)
1957 "Trambone" Down Home
"Tricky" Singles only
"Hidden Charm" Guitar Genius
1959 "Boo Boo Stick Beat" 49 Teensville
"One Mint Julep" 82
"Teensville" 73
1960 "Slinkey" Mr. Guitar
"Theme from 'The Dark at the Top of the Stairs'" 103 Single only
1961 "Hot Mocking Bird" Workshop
"Man of Mystery" Single only
"Jingle Bell Rock" 106 Christmas
1962 "Down Home" Our Man in Nashville
1963 "Waitin' for the Evening Train" (w/ Anita Kerr) Singles only
"San Antonio Rose"
"Wildwood Flower"
1964 "Freight Train" Guitar Country
1965 "Travelin'" My Favorite Guitars
"Yakety Axe" 4 98 More of That Guitar Country
1966 "From Nashville with Love" 132 From Nashville with Love
"Tennessee Waltz" Pop Goes to Country
"Prissy" 30 Single only
1967 "Charlie Brown" This Is Chet Atkins
"Chet's Tune" Solo Flights
1968 "Blue Angel" Shometown Guitar
"Mrs. Robinson" Solid Gold 68
1969 "Those Were the Days" Lover's Guitar
"Ode to Billy Joe" Pickin' on the Pops
"Caribbean" Nashville String Band
1970 "Difficult" By Special Request
"Love Beads" Single only
"Steeplechase Lane" Yestergroovin'
"Strollin'" Identified
"Cannonball Rag" Me & Jerry
1971 "Snowbird" For the Good Times
"Happy Ending" Strung Up
"Black Magic Woman" Single only
"Jingle Bell Rock" Christmas
1972 "Bandera" Bandit
"Red White and Blue Medley" Single only
"Battle Hymn of Republic" World's Greatest Melodies
1973 "Somewhere My Love" Single only
"Fiddlin' Around" 75 Superpickers
1974 "Is Anything Better" Single only
"Dizzy Fingers"
1975 "Night Atlanta Burned" 77 The Night Atlanta Burned
"Senora" Single only
1976 "Frog Kissin'" 40 48 Best of Chet Atkins & Friends
"Moonglow" Chester & Lester
"Terry on the Turnpike" Best of Chet Atkins & Friends
1977 "Four in the Morning" Chet Floyd & Danny
"Me and My Guitar" Me and My Guitar
1978 "I'm Your Greatest Fan" Guitar Monsters
1979 "Love Song of Pepe Sanchez" First Nashville Guitar Quartet
1980 "Blind Willie" 83 Best of Chet on the Road
"I Can Hear Kentucky Callin' Me" 83 Country After All These Years
"Tennessee Rag" Reflections
1981 "Orange Blossom Special" Country After All These Years
1983 "Run Don't Wait" Single only
"We Didn't See a Thing" (with Ray Charles & George Jones) 6 By Request (George Jones album)
1985 "Boot and the Stone" Stay Tuned
"Please Stay Tuned"
1986 "Official Beach Music" Street Dreams
1988 "I Can't Say Goodbye" Chet Atkins, C.G.P.
1990 "Poor Boy Blues" (w/ Mark Knopfler) 92 Neck & Neck

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
1990 "Poor Boy Blues" (with Mark Knopfler) David Hogan
1992 "The Claw" (with Jerry Reed) Deaton-Flanigen
1994 "One More for the Road" (with Suzy Bogguss)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Atkins, Chet and Neely, Bill. (1974). "Country Gentleman". Chicago. Harry Regnery Company. ISBN 0-8092-9051-0.
  2. ^ Atkins, Chet and Cochran, Russ. (2003). "Me and My Guitars". Milwaukee. Hal Leonard Corporation. ISBN 0-634-05565-8.
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2011). Top Pop Singles 1955–2010. Record Research, Inc. p. 46. ISBN 0-89820-188-8. 

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