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Archie Campbell / Chet Atkins

— Cradle of Country Music Tour —

 
 
Archie Campbell / Chet Atkins Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joel Seewald, May 30, 2018
1. Archie Campbell / Chet Atkins Marker
Inscription.  
Archie Campbell
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.

Chet Atkins
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
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to his musical skills, Atkins was equally renowned for his work as an industry executive and record producer. (Marker Number 9.)
 
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. Robert Birdwell (within shouting distance of this marker); C. Kermit “Buck” Ewing (within shouting distance of this marker); Uncle Dave Macon (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cal Fackler Johnson (about 400 feet away); The Midday Merry-Go-Round (about 400 feet away); Hubris Building (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named Robert Birdwell (about 500 feet away); St. James Hotel (about 500 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.)
 
Archie Campbell / Chet Atkins Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joel Seewald, May 30, 2018
2. Archie Campbell / Chet Atkins Marker
Archie Campbell/Chet Atkins Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joel Seewald, May 30, 2018
3. Archie Campbell/Chet Atkins Marker
View looking north along Gay Street across West Summit Drive.
Archie Campbell / Chet Atkins Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Bosse, April 15, 2023
4. Archie Campbell / Chet Atkins Marker
East Tennessee Tribute to Country Music Park Plaque image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Bosse, April 15, 2023
5. East Tennessee Tribute to Country Music Park Plaque
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 4, 2023. It was originally submitted on June 10, 2018, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 330 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 10, 2018, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.   4, 5. submitted on April 30, 2023, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.

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