Fingerstyle guitarist extraordinaire Chet Atkins was born on this day in 1924. In addition to making numerous recordings on his own, he has worked with Jerry Reed, Mark Knopfler, Marcel Dadi, Tommy Emmanuel, John Knowles, Les Paul, Lenny Breau, and others. During the 1950’s and 1960’s he was head of A&R for RCA Records in Nashville, where he created the "Nashville Sound," which blended elements of pop music with traditional country music. "Walk, Don’t Run" was written and originally recorded by jazz guitarist Johnny Smith in 1954, and Chet recorded his cover in 1957.
3 thoughts on “Song of the Day: Chet Atkins, “Walk, Don’t Run””
Hi John – it’s such an iconic tune … I loved listening to it played by Chet Atkins … thank you – cheers Hilary
His version is very similar to that of Johnny Smith, who wrote it. Great tune, regardless of which version you pick.
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