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appears on the pair’s 1972 duet album, “Me and Chet” (RCA LSP-4707).

Chet Atkins has always had a soft spot for the music of the Beatles; his album “Chet Atkins Picks on the Beatles” (RCA Victor LSP-3531) was issued in 1966. In interviews, Chet prides himself in giving the public something different in his performances; the compositions of Paul McCartney and John Lennon, with their melodic and chordal complexity, certainly satisfies that credo. Atkins performs a medley of three Beatles tunes: “For No One,” “Something,” and “Lady Madonna.”

Merle Travis can be given partial credit for translating the fiddle tune “Black Mountain Rag” to the guitar. Here, Chet Atkins plays it with as much gentility as a rag can be played.

Written in 1965 by the Cree Indian/activist Buffy Sainte-Marie, “Until It’s Time for You to Go” is given a lyrical treatment by Atkins, who is backed this time by a small band.

Cy Coben was a Nashville-based songwriter who often wrote witty, clever tunes. His 1953 song, “Eddy’s Tune,” was written for Eddy Arnold and consisted chiefly of song titles of many of his previous hits. Coben’s 1967 “Chet’s Tune,” with artist credit to “Some of Chet Friends” is a

Merle ravis & Jerry Reed

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