Five Foot Two, Chet Atkins

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Five Foot Two, Chet Atkins

Postby David Elliott » Thu Jul 26, 2012 4:08 pm

I was recently "cleaning up" the hard drive on my computer and came across this old recording of Chet playing "Five Foot Two" in an unknown venue...and thought it might interest some of the folks on the ChetBoard!

I do not recall recording this myself, and I have no recollection of this particular "show" which Chet mentions at the very start of his performance! Before he plays the number, Chet says: "Thanks a lot JIM...so I could guess, and say he might be speaking to his brother (Jim Atkins), who was the program director of KOA Radio in Denver, Colorado when I lived there. As I found out later, Chet and Leona lived just a couple of blocks from me, and I didn't even know it at the time!

The sound quality is pretty bad on this, and I can tell it was recorded when Chet was still developing the "style" that would later make him world famous, but there's no mistaking that SOUND!

I’ve never uploaded just a sound file to the Board, so hopefully I’m doing it correctly!

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Re: Five Foot Two, Chet Atkins

Postby BillB » Thu Jul 26, 2012 4:19 pm

Great song! Thanks for sharing that, David!

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Re: Five Foot Two, Chet Atkins

Postby Roger Hardin » Thu Jul 26, 2012 4:32 pm

The sound quality is pretty bad on this, and I can tell it was recorded when Chet was still developing the "style" that would later make him world famous, but there's no mistaking that SOUND!


I don't hear anything in that I would say is in the development stage. :lol: I think I know what you mean David but he really nailed all of that. Those single line licks in that are awesome.
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Re: Five Foot Two, Chet Atkins

Postby Richard Hudson » Thu Jul 26, 2012 4:39 pm

Yeah, I wish I was "developing" that well. :lol: Just teasing David. Thanks for posting that. Very refreshing on this hot Oklahoma day.
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Re: Five Foot Two, Chet Atkins

Postby Steve Sanders » Thu Jul 26, 2012 4:46 pm

Now THAT will make a fellar wanna go out and buy a pocket full'a thumbpicks!! I think Chet was "fully developed" when he recorded this tune! Kind'a reminds me of "Tweedle Dee" and other tunes he recorded about that time, same tone, licks, and a real toe-tapper. This is the kind of tune that inspired a lot of us to "give'r a try" and learn fingerstyle guitar pickin'. I'm gonna try to learn this one my ownself! Thanks a lot for posting this tune. Can't get enough of 'em! Steve
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Re: Five Foot Two, Chet Atkins

Postby LarryD » Thu Jul 26, 2012 5:25 pm

I have that on an old 45. Boy does that take me back.

I forget what's on the other side; all my vinyl is in Arizona at my daughter's house.

Thanks for posting !
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Re: Five Foot Two, Chet Atkins

Postby Wes Southerland » Thu Jul 26, 2012 6:48 pm

Really nice........ I enjoyed that alot. Thanks
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Re: Five Foot Two, Chet Atkins

Postby David Elliott » Thu Jul 26, 2012 7:04 pm

LarryD wrote:I have that on an old 45. Boy does that take me back.
I forget what's on the other side; all my vinyl is in Arizona at my daughter's house.
Thanks for posting !


Hey Larry,

Well, at least I know now that he did indeed, record that. I thought there was the possibility I had a "one-of-a-kind" there, because I've got all (or almost all) of his albums, and I don't think it's on any of his LP's!

This was obviously a live performance, so my "guess" that it was in Denver might be accurate!

Yeah, my saying that he was "developing" might have been the wrong choice of words, but I think all you guys know what I meant! I guess it would be more accurate to say his "style" was not quite as "refined" and/or "sophisticated" as it would become later on. First of all, any "live" performance is not going to be as good as in a studio, controlled environment, etc. and I'm also not sure what guitar he was playing there, it could even have been PRE-D'Angelico for all I know, but as Roger says, he really "nailed" those fast, single string runs, etc.

There's only one, don'tcha know? :)

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Re: Five Foot Two, Chet Atkins

Postby LMark » Thu Jul 26, 2012 7:42 pm

That might be from one of those old ROTC recruitment shows/albums. Hey! I think I heard Palmer's voice in there at the end . . . . LMark
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Re: Five Foot Two, Chet Atkins

Postby John Knowles » Fri Jul 27, 2012 12:13 am

What a treat. David, do you know the date? John
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