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Chet Atkins
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
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Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame
The ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME, located on the shore of Lake Erie in downtown Cleveland
Cleveland
, Ohio
Ohio
, recognizes and archives the history of the best-known and most influential artists, producers, engineers, and other notable figures who have had some major influence on the development of rock and roll. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation was established on April 20, 1983, by Atlantic Records founder and chairman Ahmet Ertegun
Ahmet Ertegun
. In 1986, Cleveland
Cleveland
was chosen as the Hall of Fame's permanent home. Since opening in September 1995, the "Rock Hall" – part of the city's redeveloped North Coast Harbor – has hosted more than 10 million visitors and had a cumulative economic impact estimated at more than $1.8 billion
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Clinch Mountain
CLINCH MOUNTAIN is a mountain ridge in the U.S. states of Tennessee and Virginia
Virginia
, lying in the ridge-and-valley section of the Appalachian Mountains
Appalachian Mountains
. From its southern terminus at Signal Point peak, which lies at the intersection of Knox, Union and Grainger counties near Blaine, Tennessee
Tennessee
, it runs in a generally east-northeasterly direction to Garden Mountain
Mountain
near Burke\'s Garden, Virginia
Virginia
. It separates the Clinch River basin, to the north, and the Holston River
Holston River
basin, to the south
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Ukulele
The UKULELE (/juːkəˈleɪliː/ yoo-kə-LAY-lee , from Hawaiian : ʻukulele (oo-koo-leh-leh); variant: UKELELE,) is a member of the lute family of instruments; it generally employs four nylon or gut strings or four courses of strings. Some strings may be paired in courses, giving the instrument a total of six or eight strings. The ukulele originated in the 19th century as a Hawaiian adaptation of the Portuguese machete , a small guitar-like instrument, which was introduced to Hawaii
Hawaii
by Portuguese immigrants , mainly from Madeira and the Azores
Azores
. It gained great popularity elsewhere in the United States during the early 20th century and from there spread internationally. The tone and volume of the instrument vary with size and construction. Ukuleles commonly come in four sizes: soprano, concert, tenor, and baritone
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Fiddle
FIDDLE is another name for the bowed string musical instrument more often called a violin . It is also a colloquial term for the instrument used by players in all genres, including classical music . FIDDLE PLAYING, or FIDDLING, refers to various styles of music. Fiddle is also a common term among musicians who play folk music on the violin. The fiddle is part of many traditional (folk ) styles of music which are aural traditions, taught 'by ear ' rather than via written music. There are few real distinctions between violins and fiddles, though more primitively constructed and smaller violins are more likely to be considered fiddles. Due to the style of the music played, fiddles may optionally be set up with a bridge with a flatter arch to allow multiple strings to be played simultaneously with more ease, such as the droning in bluegrass music or performing triple stops
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Country Music Association
The COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION (CMA) was founded in 1958 in Nashville , Tennessee
Tennessee
. It originally consisted of 233 members and was the first trade organization formed to promote a music genre. The objectives of the organization are to guide and enhance the development of Country Music throughout the world; to demonstrate it as a viable medium to advertisers, consumers, and media; and to provide a unity of purpose for the Country Music industry. However the CMA may be best known to most country music fans for its annual Country Music Association Awards broadcast live on network television each fall (usually October or November). Initially, CMA's Board of Directors included nine directors and five officers. Wesley Rose , president of Acuff-Rose Publishing, Inc. , served as CMA's first chairman of the board. Broadcasting entrepreneur and executive Connie B. Gay was the founding president
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Record Producer
A RECORD PRODUCER or TRACK PRODUCER or MUSIC PRODUCER oversees and manages the sound recording and production of a band or performer's music , which may range from recording one song to recording a lengthy concept album . A producer has many roles during the recording process. The roles of a producer vary. He or she may gather musical ideas for the project, collaborate with the artists to select cover tunes or original songs by the artist/group, work with artists and help them to improve their songs, lyrics or arrangements. A producer may also: * Select session musicians to play rhythm section accompaniment parts or solos * Co-write. * Propose changes to the song arrangements, and * Coach the singers and musicians in the studioThe producer typically supervises the entire process from preproduction, through to the sound recording and mixing stages, and, in some cases, all the way to the audio mastering stage
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Perry Como
PIERINO RONALD "PERRY" COMO (May 18, 1912 – May 12, 2001) was an American singer and television personality. During a career spanning more than half a century, he recorded exclusively for RCA Victor
RCA Victor
for 44 years after signing with the label in 1943. "Mr. C.", as he was nicknamed, sold millions of records for RCA and pioneered a musical variety television show. Como was seen weekly on television from 1948 to 1963, then continued hosting the Kraft Music Hall variety program monthly until 1967. His television shows and seasonal specials were broadcast throughout the world. Also a popular recording artist , Perry Como
Perry Como
released numerous hit records from the 1940s through the 1970s. Como's appeal spanned generations and he was universally respected for both his professional standards and the conduct in his personal life
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Grammy Award
" Uptown Funk " RECORD OF THE YEAR"Hello "A GRAMMY AWARD (originally called GRAMOPHONE AWARD), or GRAMMY, is an honor awarded by The Recording Academy to recognize outstanding achievement in the mainly English-language music industry . The annual presentation ceremony features performances by prominent artists, and the presentation of those awards that have a more popular interest. It shares recognition of the music industry as that of the other performance awards such as the Emmy Awards (television), the Tony Awards (stage performance), and the Academy Awards (motion pictures). The first Grammy Awards ceremony was held on May 4, 1959, to honor and respect the musical accomplishments by performers for the year 1958. Following the 2011 ceremony, The Academy overhauled many Grammy Award categories for 2012
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George Barnes (musician)
GEORGE WARREN BARNES (July 17, 1921 – September 5, 1977) was an American swing jazz guitarist who played the first electric guitar in 1931, preceding Charlie Christian
Charlie Christian
by five years. He made the first commercial recording of an electric guitar on March 1, 1938, in sessions with Big Bill Broonzy . CONTENTS * 1 Biography * 2 First recording with electric guitar * 3 Style and technique * 4 Discography * 5 Singles * 6 Songs * 7 References * 8 External links BIOGRAPHYBarnes was born in South Chicago Heights , Illinois in 1921. His father was a guitarist and taught Barnes acoustic guitar at the age of nine. A year later, in 1931, Barnes's brother made a pickup and amplifier for him. Barnes said that he was the first person to play electric guitar. From 1935–1937, he had his own band that performed in the Midwest
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Chester G. Atkins
CHESTER GREENOUGH ATKINS (born April 14, 1948) is a former member of the United States House of Representatives
United States House of Representatives
. He is a Democrat from Massachusetts
Massachusetts
. Atkins was born in Geneva, Switzerland
Switzerland
on April 14, 1948, and graduated from Concord-Carlisle High School of Concord, Massachusetts in 1966 and Antioch College in 1970. Atkins was exposed to progressive politics on Antioch's highly politicized campus in the late-1960s and early-1970s. He was elected a member of the Massachusetts
Massachusetts
House of Representatives from 1970 to 1971 (at the time, the youngest ever elected in Massachusetts) and the Massachusetts
Massachusetts
Senate from 1972 to 1984. He was the first chairman of the Senate Ethics Committee and later chaired the Senate Ways and Means Committee
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Arthur Fiedler
ARTHUR FIEDLER (December 17, 1894 – July 10, 1979) was a long-time conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra , a symphony orchestra that specializes in popular and light classical music. With a combination of musicianship and showmanship, he made the Boston Pops one of the best-known orchestras in the United States. Fiedler was sometimes criticized for over-popularizing music, particularly when adapting popular songs or edited portions of the classical repertoire, but he kept performances informal and sometimes self-mocking to attract a bigger audience. CONTENTS * 1 Life and career * 2 Personal life * 3 Death * 4 See also * 5 References * 6 Sources * 7 Further reading * 8 External links LIFE AND CAREERFiedler was born in Boston , Massachusetts
Massachusetts
to Emanuel and Johanna Fiedler. His father was an Austrian violinist who played in the Boston Symphony Orchestra , and his mother was a pianist
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Country Music Hall Of Fame And Museum
The COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM in Nashville, Tennessee
Nashville, Tennessee
, is one of the world's largest museums and research centers dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of American vernacular music . Chartered in 1964, the museum has amassed one of the world's most extensive musical collections. CONTENTS * 1 History of the museum * 2 Current museum * 2.1 Current Exhibits * 3 The Country Music Hall of Fame * 4 The Museum
Museum
collection * 5 Architecture and design * 6 Timeline * 7 Senior leadership * 8 See also * 9 Further reading * 10 References * 11 External links HISTORY OF THE MUSEUMThe Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
Museum
is one of the world's largest and most active popular music research centers and the world's largest repository of country music artifacts
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Jazz
JAZZ is a music genre that originated in African American
African American
communities of New Orleans
New Orleans
, United States
United States
, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and developed from roots in blues and ragtime . Since the 1920s Jazz Age
Jazz Age
, jazz has become recognized as a major form of musical expression. It then emerged in the form of independent traditional and popular musical styles, all linked by the common bonds of African American and European American musical parentage with a performance orientation. Jazz
Jazz
is characterized by swing and blue notes , call and response vocals , polyrhythms and improvisation . Jazz
Jazz
has roots in West African cultural and musical expression , and in African-American music traditions including blues and ragtime , as well as European military band music
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Columbia Records
COLUMBIA RECORDS is an American record label owned by Sony Music , a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America
Sony Corporation of America
, the United States division of Sony Corporation . It was founded in 1887 from an earlier enterprise named the American Graphophone
Graphophone
Company , the successor to the Volta Graphophone
Graphophone
Company . From 1961 to 1990, Columbia's recordings were released outside the U.S. and Canada under the name CBS
CBS