The song "Mr. Sandman" has a lot of history behind it, with many different renditions from the original version by The Chordettes in the 1950s. Yet soon after it was released, it became a huge hit and was picked up by other artists to put their own twist on it with a cover. The most successful recording of the classic was done by Dickie Valentine.
Chet Atkin's was one of the first to do a cover of the song, although not as popular as other versions, and made an instrumental piece of the song. Playing just his guitar, he performs with a few back up musicians to create the smooth country sound known as the Nashville sound.
Chet was known for his picking style when he played guitar or violin, which he was inspired by Merle Travis. That style gained him popularity and he later became a producer at RCA Victor. There he produced for such greats as Elvis Presley, Waylon Jennings, Dolly Parton and Norma Jean. In this video, he's performing for television in 1957 and it's amazing!
Check out his unique style in the video below.
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