Knoxville in Knox County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Archie Campbell / Chet Atkins
— Cradle of Country Music Tour —
Archie Campbell, a beloved comedian in the country music family, launched his career as an announcer for WNOX in 1937. After a brief stint on Chattanooga radio and service in World War II, Campbell returned to Knoxville and WNOX in 1949. In 1952, he began hosting his own television show, Country Playhouse, on WROL-TV. The show featured Campbell recreating his radio persona of "Grandpappy" and included the famed bluegrass duo Flatt & Scruggs among the show's regular guests. By 1959, Campbell had ventured on to Nashville where he gained national recognition as a songwriter, singer, and comedian.
Born in the East Tennessee town of Luttrell, Chester "Chet" Atkins began his career in Knoxville in 1941 as a studio musician at WNOX, with performers such as Homer & Jethro and Bill Carlisle. Atkins made his debut on the Grand Old Opry in 1946 and by 1950 was a regular on the show, performing with Mother Maybelle and the Carter Sisters. Often known by the nickname "Mr. Guitar," Atkins continues to be recognized as one of the world's greatest premier guitarists of all time. In addition
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Arts, Letters, Music. A significant historical year for this entry is 1937.
Location. 35° 58.05′ N, 83° 55.169′ W. Marker is in Knoxville, Tennessee, in Knox County. Marker is at the intersection of West Summit Hill Drive and South Gay Street, on the right when traveling west on West Summit Hill Drive. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 204 South Gay Street, Knoxville TN 37902, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Uncle Dave Macon (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Midday Merry-Go-Round (about 400 feet away); Hubris Building (about 500 feet away); Robert Birdwell (about 500 feet away); St. James Hotel (about 500 feet away); Elvis Presley (about 600 feet away); Battery Wiltsie (about 600 feet away); Cormac McCarthy (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Knoxville.
Also see . . .
1. Archie Campbell. (Submitted on June 10, 2018, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
2. Chet Atkins. (Submitted on June 10, 2018, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 30, 2018. It was originally submitted on June 10, 2018, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 187 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 10, 2018, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.