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, Floyd Cramer 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 Victor 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]

1950s[edit]

Title Details Peak positions
US
Chet Atkins' Gallopin' Guitar
Stringin' Along with Chet Atkins
  • Release date: 1953
  • Label: RCA Victor
A Session with Chet Atkins
  • Release date: December 1954
  • Label: RCA Victor
Stringin' Along with Chet Atkins
  • Release date: 1955
  • Label: RCA Victor
Chet Atkins in Three Dimensions
  • Release date: 1955
  • Label: RCA Victor
Finger Style Guitar
  • Release date: 1956
  • Label: RCA Victor
Chet Atkins at Home
  • Release date: 1957
  • Label: RCA Victor
21
Hi-Fi in Focus
  • Release date: October 1957
  • Label: RCA Victor
Chet Atkins in Hollywood
  • Release date: July 1959
  • Label: RCA Victor
Hum & Strum Along with Chet Atkins
  • Release date: August 1959
  • Label: RCA Victor
Mister Guitar
  • Release date: October 1959
  • Label: RCA Victor
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

1960s[edit]

Title Details Peak chart
positions
US Country US
After the Riot at Newport
  • Release date: 1960
  • Label: RCA Victor
Teensville
  • Release date: 1960
  • Label: RCA Victor
16
The Other Chet Atkins
  • Release date: September 1960
  • Label: RCA Victor
Chet Atkins' Workshop
  • Release date: December 1960
  • Label: RCA Victor
7
The Most Popular Guitar
  • Release date: May 1961
  • Label: RCA Victor
119
Christmas with Chet Atkins
  • Release date: November 1961
  • Label: RCA Victor
12
Chet Atkins Plays Back Home Hymns
  • Release date: 1962
  • Label: RCA Victor
Caribbean Guitar
  • Release date: July 1962
  • Label: RCA Victor
33
Down Home
  • Release date: 1962
  • Label: RCA Victor
31
Our Man in Nashville
  • Release date: December 1962
  • Label: RCA Victor
135
Teen Scene
  • Release date: 1963
  • Label: RCA Victor
93
The Guitar Genius
  • Release date: 1963
  • Label: RCA Camden
Travelin'
  • Release date: 1963
  • Label: RCA Victor
Guitar Country
  • Release date: 1964
  • Label: RCA Victor
1 64
Progressive Pickin'
  • Release date: 1964
  • Label: RCA Victor
My Favorite Guitars
  • Release date: 1964
  • Label: RCA Victor
More of That Guitar Country
  • Release date: 1965
  • Label: RCA Victor
4
Chet Atkins Picks on the Beatles
  • Release date: March 1966
  • Label: RCA Victor
6 112
From Nashville with Love
  • Release date: 1966
  • Label: RCA Victor
26 140
Music from Nashville, My Home Town
It's a Guitar World
  • Release date: 1967
  • Label: RCA Victor
148
Picks the Best
  • Release date: 1967
  • Label: RCA Victor
Class Guitar
  • Release date: 1967
  • Label: RCA Victor
26 189
Hometown Guitar
  • Release date: 1968
  • Label: RCA Victor
17
Solid Gold 68
  • Release date: 1968
  • Label: RCA Victor
18
Solo Flights
  • Release date: 1968
  • Label: RCA Victor
184
Lover's Guitar
  • Release date: 1969
  • Label: RCA Victor
Solid Gold 69
  • Release date: 1969
  • Label: RCA Victor
33 150
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

1970s[edit]

Title Details Peak chart
positions
US Country US
Yestergroovin'
  • Release date: 1970
  • Label: RCA Victor
139
Solid Gold 70
  • Release date: 1970
  • Label: RCA Victor
Pickin' My Way
  • Release date: 1970
  • Label: RCA Victor
30
For the Good Times
  • Release date: 1971
  • Label: RCA Victor
17
Picks on the Hits
  • Release date: 1972
  • Label: RCA Victor
38
Alone
  • Release date: 1973
  • Label: RCA Victor
42
Chet Atkins Picks on Jerry Reed
  • Release date: 1974
  • Label: RCA Victor
The Night Atlanta Burned
  • Release date: 1975
  • Label: RCA Victor
30
Chet Atkins Goes to the Movies
  • Release date: 1975
  • Label: RCA Victor
43
Teen Scene
Me and My Guitar
  • Release date: 1977
  • Label: RCA Victor
50
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

1980s–2000s[edit]

Title Details Peak chart
positions
US Country US
Country After All These Years
  • Release date: 1981
  • Label: RCA Victor
Work It Out with Chet Atkins C.G.P. 64
East Tennessee Christmas
  • Release date: 1983
  • Label: Columbia Records
Stay Tuned[A]
  • Release date: 1985
  • Label: Columbia Records
145
Street Dreams
  • Release date: 1986
  • Label: Columbia Records
Sails
  • Release date: 1987
  • Label: Columbia Records
Chet Atkins, C.G.P.
  • Release date: 1988
  • Label: Columbia Records
Read My Licks
  • Release date: 1994
  • Label: Columbia Records
Almost Alone
  • Release date: May 1996
  • Label: Columbia Records
74
Solo Sessions
  • Release date: 2003
  • Label: CGP Records
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Collaborations[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions
US Country US CAN
Reminiscing
(with Hank Snow)
The Pops Goes Country
(with Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops)
  • Release date: 1966
  • Label: RCA Records
36 62
Chet Atkins Picks on the Pops
(with Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops)
  • Release date: 1969
  • Label: RCA Records
160
Me & Jerry
(with Jerry Reed)
  • Release date: 1970
  • Label: RCA Records
13
C.B. Atkins & C.E. Snow by Special Request
(with C.E. (Hank) Snow)
  • Release date: 1970
  • Label: RCA Records
Me & Chet
(with Jerry Reed)
  • Release date: 1971
  • Label: RCA Records
24
Chet, Floyd & Boots
(with Floyd Cramer and Boots Randolph)
  • Release date: 1972
  • Label: RCA Camden
American Salute
(with Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops)
  • Release date: 1972
  • Label: RCA Records
Superpickers
  • Release date: 1974
  • Label: RCA Victor
The Atkins – Travis Traveling Show
(with Merle Travis)
  • Release date: 1974
  • Label: RCA Records
30
Chester & Lester
(with Les Paul)
  • Release date: 1976
  • Label: RCA Victor
11 172
Chet, Floyd & Danny
(with Floyd Cramer and Danny Davis)
  • Release date: 1977
  • Label: RCA Victor
46
Guitar Monsters
(with Les Paul)
  • Release date: 1978
  • Label: RCA Records
27
First Nashville Guitar Quartet
(with Liona Boyd, John Knowles and John Pell)
  • Release date: 1979
  • Label: RCA Records
Reflections
(with Doc Watson)
  • Release date: 1980
  • Label: RCA Records
Standard Brands
(with Lenny Breau)
  • Release date: 1981
  • Label: RCA Records
Neck and Neck
(with Mark Knopfler)
  • Release date: 1990
  • Label: Columbia Records
27 127 71
Sneakin' Around
(with Jerry Reed)
  • Release date: 1992
  • Label: Columbia Records
68
The Gingham Dog and the Calico Cat
(with Amy Grant)
Simpatico
(with Suzy Bogguss)
55
The Day Finger Pickers Took Over the World
(with Tommy Emmanuel)
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Live albums[edit]

Title Details Peak positions
US Country
In Concert
  • Release date: 1975
  • Label: RCA Victor
And Then Came Chet Atkins
  • Release date: 1979
  • Label: RCA Victor
The Best of Chet on the Road — Live
  • Release date: 1980
  • Label: RCA Victor
43
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

With The Country All-Stars[edit]

Title Details
String Dustin'
  • Release date: 1953
  • Label: RCA Victor
Jazz from the Hills

With The Nashville String Band[edit]

Title Details
The Nashville String Band
  • Release date: 1969
  • Label: RCA Victor
Down Home
  • Release date: 1970
  • Label: RCA Victor
Strung Up
  • Release date: 1971
  • Label: RCA Victor
Identified!
  • Release date: 1971
  • Label: RCA Victor
The Bandit
  • Release date: 1972
  • Label: RCA Victor
World's Greatest Melodies
  • Release date: 1972
  • Label: RCA Victor

Instructional[edit]

Title Details
Play Guitar with Chet Atkins
Chet Atkins Guitar Method Volume 1 & 2
  • Release date: 1971
  • Label: F.A.M.E.

Compilation albums[edit]

Title Details Peak positions
US Country
Chet Atkins Plays Great Movie Themes
  • Release date: 1961
  • Label: RCA Victor
The Guitar Genius
  • Release date: 1963
  • Label: RCA Camden
The Best of Chet Atkins
  • Release date: 1964
  • Label: RCA Victor
The Early Years of Chet Atkins & His Guitar
  • Release date: 1964
  • Label: RCA Camden
The Best of Chet Atkins, Vol. 2
  • Release date: 1966
  • Label: RCA Victor
Chet
  • Release date: 1967
  • Label: RCA Camden
Chet All the Way
  • Release date: 1968
  • Label: RCA Victor
Relaxin' with Chet
  • Release date: 1969
  • Label: RCA Camden
Country Pickin'
  • Release date: 1971
  • Label: Pickwick Records
Mr. Atkins, Guitar Picker
  • Release date: 1971
  • Label: RCA Camden
This Is Chet Atkins
  • Release date: 1971
  • Label: RCA Victor
30
Now and... Then
  • Release date: 1972
  • Label: RCA Victor
40
Finger Pickin' Good
  • Release date: 1972
  • Label: RCA Camden
Nashville Gold
  • Release date: 1972
  • Label: RCA Victor
Discover Japan
  • Release date: 1973
  • Label: BMG
Famous Country Music Makers
  • Release date: 1975
  • Label: RCA Victor
The Golden Guitar of Chet Atkins
  • Release date: 1975
  • Label: RCA Victor
The Best of Chet Atkins & Friends
  • Release date: 1976
  • Label: RCA Victor
25
Love Letters
  • Release date: 1977
  • Label: RCA Camden
A Legendary Performer
  • Release date: 1977
  • Label: RCA Victor
Country Music
Solid Gold Guitar
  • Release date: 1982
  • Label: RCA Victor
Guitar Pickin' Man
  • Release date: 1983
  • Label: Cambra Records
Great Hits of the Past
  • Release date: 1983
  • Label: RCA Victor
Tennessee Guitar Man
  • Release date: 1984
  • Label: Pair Records
A Man & His Guitar
  • Release date: 1984
  • Label: RCA Victor
Collectors Series
  • Release date: 1985
  • Label: RCA Victor
Guitar for All Seasons
  • Release date: 1985
  • Label: Pair Records
20 of the Best
  • Release date: 1986
  • Label: RCA Victor
Pickin' on Country
  • Release date: 1988
  • Label: Pair Records
Masters of the Guitar: Together
(with Les Paul)
  • Release date: 1989
  • Label: Pair Records
Pickin' the Hits
  • Release date: 1989
  • Label: Pair Records
The Magic of Chet Atkins
  • Release date: 1990
  • Label: Heartland Music
Country Gems
  • Release date: 1990
  • Label: Pair Records
The Romantic Guitar
  • Release date: 1991
  • Label: RCA Special Products
The RCA Years
  • Release date: 1992
  • Label: RCA Victor
Galloping Guitar: The Early Years
  • Release date: 1993
  • Label: Bear Family Records
The Essential Chet Atkins
  • Release date: 1996
  • Label: RCA Victor
Masters
Super Hits
  • Release date: 1998
  • Label: RCA Victor
The Guitar Genius/Relaxin' with Chet/
Nashville Gold
  • Release date: 2000
  • Label: RCA Camden
42
Guitar Legend: The RCA Years
Guitar Man
  • Release date: 2000
  • Label: RCA Camden
RCA Country Legends: Chet Atkins
  • Release date: 2001
  • Label: Buddah Records
A Master and His Music
  • Release date: 2001
  • Label: Buddah Records
Chet Picks on the Grammys
  • Release date: 2002
  • Label: Columbia Records
Tribute to Bluegrass
  • Release date: 2002
  • Label: BMG
The Best of Chet Atkins
  • Release date: 2003
  • Label: BMG
Legendary
  • Release date: 2003
  • Label: BMG International
Mr. Guitar: The Complete Recordings 1955-1960
  • Release date: 2004
  • Label: Bear Family Records
I've Been Working on the Guitar:
The Legend Begins
  • Release date: 2004
  • Label: Country Stars
High Rockin' Swing
  • Release date: 2004
  • Label: Universe
Early Chet Atkins
  • Release date: 2004
  • Label: Country Routes
The Essential Chet Atkins: The Columbia Years
  • Release date: August 4, 2004
  • Label: Columbia Records
Carter Sisters and Mother Maybelle
with Chet Atkins
  • Release date: 2005
  • Label: Country Routes
The Nashville Jump
  • Release date: 2005
  • Label: Xtra
Chet Atkins with the Carter Sisters
and Mother Maybelle 1949
  • Release date: 2005
  • Label: Country Routes
Eclectic Guitar
  • Release date: March 19, 2007
  • Label: El
The Essential Chet Atkins
The Early Years 1946–1957
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Singles[edit]

1940s[edit]

Year Single
1946 "Guitar Blues"
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"

1950s[edit]

Year Single Peak chart
positions
Album
US Country US
[3]
1950 "One More Chance" N/A
"Main Street Breakdown" Stringin' Along
"Boogie Man Boogie"
"Confusin'" N/A
1951 "Indian Love Call" Stringin' Along
"Mountain Melody" N/A
"My Crazy Heart"
"Crazy Rhythm"
"In the Mood" Finger Style Guitar
1952 "Rainbow" Mr. Guitar
"Spanish Fandango" N/A
"Meet Mr. Callaghan" In Hollywood
"Tennessee Rag" N/A
"Galloping on the Guitar" Gallopin' Guitar
"St. Louis Blues"
"Black Mountain Rag"
"Imagination"
"Midnight" N/A
"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" N/A
"Barbershop Rag"
1954 "Wildwood Flower"
"Georgia's Camp Meeting"
"Downhill Drag"
"Mr. Misery"
"Mr. Sandman" 13
"Silver Bell" (with 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" (with Hank Snow)
1957 "Trambone" Down Home
"Tricky" N/A
"Martinique"
"Hidden Charm" Guitar Genius
1959 "Boo Boo Stick Beat" 49 Teensville
"One Mint Julep" 82
"Teensville" 73
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

1960s[edit]

Year Single Peak chart
positions
Album
US Country US
[3]
1960 "Slinkey" Mr. Guitar
"Theme from 'The Dark at the Top of the Stairs'" 103 N/A
1961 "Hot Mocking Bird" Workshop
"Man of Mystery" N/A
"Jingle Bell Rock" 106 Christmas
1962 "Down Home" Our Man in Nashville
1963 "Waitin' for the Evening Train" (with Anita Kerr) N/A
"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 N/A
1967 "Charlie Brown" This Is Chet Atkins
"Chet's Tune" Solo Flights
1968 "Blue Angel" Hometown 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
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

1970s[edit]

Year Single Peak chart
positions
Album
US Country CAN Country
1970 "Difficult" By Special Request
"Love Beads" N/A
"Steeplechase Lane" Yestergroovin'
"Strollin'" Identified
"Cannonball Rag" Me & Jerry
1971 "Snowbird" For the Good Times
"Happy Ending" Strung Up
"Black Magic Woman" N/A
"Jingle Bell Rock" Christmas
1972 "Bandera" Bandit
"Red White and Blue Medley" N/A
"Battle Hymn of Republic" World's Greatest Melodies
1973 "Somewhere My Love" N/A
"Fiddlin' Around" 75 Superpickers
1974 "Is Anything Better" N/A
"Dizzy Fingers"
1975 "Night Atlanta Burned" 77 The Night Atlanta Burned
"Senora" N/A
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
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

1980s–1990s[edit]

Year Single Peak chart
positions
Album
US Country CAN Country
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" N/A
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" (with Mark Knopfler) 92 Neck & Neck
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Guest singles[edit]

Year Single Artist Peak positions Album
US Country
1983 "We Didn't See a Thing" George Jones
(with Ray Charles)
6 By Request

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)

Notes[edit]

See also[edit]

References[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. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2011). Top Pop Singles 1955–2010. Record Research, Inc. p. 46. ISBN 0-89820-188-8. 

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