Chet Atkins: The Greatest Songs of Mister Guitar by Mark S. Reinhart

By Mark S. Reinhart

Highlighting Chet Atkins' 50-plus-year occupation as a virtuoso, singer, songwriter and list manufacturer, this ebook is an research and appreciation of the main noteworthy recordings of 1 of the world's maximum guitarists. Atkins' complete physique of work—truly unrivaled within the background of recent musical entertainment—and approximately one hundred forty of his all-time maximum recordings are mentioned. A concise evaluate of his lifestyles and paintings is supplied.

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17 It was after the death of Iles in 1951 that Ball became Editor of the British Bandsman, and the years spent with the magazine bore much fruit as far as his own writing was concerned. He also changed the format of the magazine, introducing articles on musicians and bands, and an advice column. In 1946 Ball began a regular series of articles under the title “Letters to a Musical Friend”; one example reads: … My Dear John, So at last you are “demobbed” and back with the old band again. I am glad to know that you are happily settled once more, and particularly interested in your decision to play a “secondary” part at least for the time being.

Ball faced a dilemma—his Salvation Army career was at an end. What was he to do? He was still eligible for the military, and so he registered for national service. The Entertainments National Service Association Because of his musical abilities, it would seem that the logical way forward would be military bands, but Ball was instead directed to ENSA. The function of ENSA was to provide entertainment for the armed forces and to keep up their morale, both for those who were away from home perhaps for the first time in their lives, and for those who were in dangerous situations and needed to relax; and the writer can vouch for this through personal experience.

Eric Ball cannot be compared with any of his predecessors in either Salvationist or brass band circles. Conscious that his gifts were God given, he offered himself unstintingly as a channel through which creative ideas were released, often at great physical cost. 28 Geoffrey Brand, a musician of some standing, said of Eric Ball: …Eric Ball’s music belongs in style and influence, to the great romantic period, of which Brahms and Elgar stand as two examples. There will, perhaps be those in the future who will turn away from the style; some already have.

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