Sir Paul is no doubt mourning the loss of guitarist Chet Atkins, who lost his life to cancer today at the age of 77. Paul McCartney credited Chet Atkin's unconventional guitar-picking as a major influence on his style. In 1974, he traveled to Nashville and worked in the studio with Chet Atkins recording a song written by Sir Paul's father called Walking in the Park With Eloise:"I recorded it with Chet Atkins and Floyd Cramer in Nashville. We called ourselves the Country Hams, and it was a song called Walking in the Park with Eloise. I told my dad, 'You're going to get all the royalties. You wrote it and we're going to publish it for you and record it, so you'll get the checks.' And he said, 'I didn't
write it, son.' I thought, Oh, God, what? He said, 'I made it up, but I didn't write it. He meant he couldn't notate; he couldn't actually write the tune down. And, of course, that's like me. I can't write music. I just make 'em up, too."
(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)
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