Chet Atkins - Guitar Over Europe
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Chet Atkins – Guitar Over Europe
The lost ‘Guitar Over Europe’ LP finally sees the light of day after 53 years.
Chet Atkins toured Europe in April 1964 as part of an RCA Promotion called ‘Nashville Stars on Tour.’ The package also included Jim Reeves, Bobby Bare and the Anita Kerr Singers.
It was the first Country Music package of its kind to play Europe, and it included successful shows in Germany, Austria, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, the Netherlands and Belgium.
The experience gave Chet the idea for an LP called ‘Guitar Over Europe,’ which he recorded at three sessions in July and August 1964. Although a cover was designed and a release number was assigned, the album never appeared. After all this time, it’s not clear why, and later attempts to resurrect the project seemed doomed when the tapes appeared to be lost. ‘Guitar Over Europe’ became an intriguing but lost Chet Atkins project from half a century ago.
Now all that has changed. After 53 years Richard Weize has found the long lost tapes as well as original cover art for the album.
And so, for the first time, here are the original Chet Atkins recordings, exactly as they were scheduled to appear on a mid- ’60s RCA LP. This little piece of history is finally reunited with the Chet Atkins legacy.
It’s taken 53 years but, as you’ll see, it was well worth the wait.

Chester Burton Atkins (June 20, 1924 – June 30, 2001), known as “Mr. Guitar” and “The Country Gentleman”, was an American musician, occasional vocalist, songwriter, and record producer, who along with Owen Bradley and Bob Ferguson, among others, created the country music style that came to be known as the Nashville sound, which expanded country music’s appeal to adult pop music fans. He was primarily known as a guitarist. He also played the mandolin, fiddle, banjo, and ukulele.
Atkins’ signature picking style was inspired by Merle Travis. Other major guitar influences were Django Reinhardt, George Barnes, Les Paul, and, later, Jerry Reed. His distinctive picking style and musicianship brought him admirers inside and outside the country scene, both in the United States and abroad. Atkins spent most of his career at RCA Victor and produced records for the Browns, Hank Snow, Porter Wagoner, Norma Jean, Dolly Parton, Dottie West, Perry Como, Floyd Cramer, Elvis Presley, the Everly Brothers, Eddy Arnold, Don Gibson, Jim Reeves, Jerry Reed, Skeeter Davis, Waylon Jennings, and many others.
Among many honors, Atkins received 14 Grammy Awards and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. He also received nine Country Music Association awards for Instrumentalist of the Year. He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum.
source: wikipedia

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