1 Richard Hudson 4 weeks ago Chester Burton Atkins was born in abject poverty in Luttrell, TN on this day in 1924. He was a sickly lad with asthma. One day when he was 6 years old, his father walked down the road whistling a tune and never came back. He replaced broken strings on his little toy ukelele with wire from the frayed screen door. He was a shy lad that was fired many times from various musician's jobs. He and his young bride, Leona, moved many times to another new job at another radio station. When he was hired by the Carter Family, he promised Leona that if this does not work out, he would get a job tuning pianos, just like his Father did. Mr. Carter told him that the only thing he asked was that he just play guitar, and don't mess with my girls.Fortunately, fate stepped in. The Carter Family made a guest appearance on The Grand Ole Opry, and the Opry offered a membership to them, but minus their guitar player, since guitar pickers are a dime a dozen in Nashville.Mr Carter refused, and said if we can't bring Chester, we won't come. No Chet? No Carter Family. Chet never forgot that.From those very humble beginnings, and a very tough young adulthood, Chet Atkins rose to the top of the guitar world, and to the pinnacle of respect in the music business. He was known the world over as Mr Guitar.Chet has always been my hero, and always will. Happy Birthday, Chet. We sure miss you.