Atkins, Dale '09 Musicians Hall of Fame Inductees



Musicians Chet Atkins (posthumously) and Dick Dale are among the 2009 inductees for the Musicians Hall of Fame. Both will be honored at the 2009 Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum Awards Show on Oct. 12 at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville, Tenn.

Atkins was one of the most influential musical pioneers of the last half-century with a picking style that earned him many admirers, even outside of the country music scene. He is well known as the co-creator of the “Nashville Sound,” that expanded the appeal of country music to pop audiences. Over the course of his career, he produced records for artists including Eddy Arnold, Perry Como, Skeeter Davis, Waylon Jennings, Elvis Presley, Jerry Reed, Jim Reeves and others.

The self-styled “King of Surf Guitar,” Dale will be forever remembered as the man behind the epic instrumental “Miserlou”; a pioneer whose staccato machine-gun picking style, Middle Eastern melodic sense and reverb-drenched sound launched an entire genre. He is a longtime Fender friend and family member who was often consulted by Leo Fender himself on design matters during the company’s original ’50s-era golden age.

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