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His rendition of "The Glow Worm" always struck me as strangely poignant. Here's an awfully good performance of it from Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ApnOnFoq6bkSIDE NOTE: I once had the unbelievable luck to stay for a few nights in the house of Garrison Keillor (basically, my girlfriend was friends with the live-in nanny for Keillor's young daughter, and so on). The guest bedroom I slept in had a large stack of books on the nightstand, for insomniac guests to peruse, I assume. One I picked up was an old paperback copy of William Manchester's biography of H.L. Mencken. When I picked it up, a slip of paper fell out: it was a note from Chet Atkins to Garrison, saying he (Chet) had recently re-read the book, found it of particular note, and thought Garrison would enjoy it. Handwritten on official Chet Atkins letterhead. Maybe the most incredible item I have ever touched with my own hands.
Chet's holding his namesake guitar, the Chet Atkin's Country Gentleman, which he helped design for Gretsch, which used to build them in a factory in Williamsburg which is now a condo for hipster yuppies.
I didn't know until I read a biography of the Carter family that his big break came as an accompanist for them, in the early Maybelle-and-her-daughters era. Apparently when he first went to Nashville to find work the producers listened to him audition and then sent him on his way. Through the Carters he was able to find a path into the business.
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