Dec Trivia: Django/Chet Atkins recordings

MikeKMikeK Asheville, NCNew Altamira M-10, Epiphone Zephyr Regent
in History Posts: 385

I'm guessing many Django fans/gypsy jazz musicians deeply appreciate Chet Atkins. The appreciation is significant for me, as my dad used to play the album (yes, the album!) Chester & Lester for me when I was a kid, so my first time to hear many of the songs in the GJ repertoire came from those memorable days. My question is: what songs can you name that were recorded by both Django & Chet Atkins? I came up with 25, but I'm guessing there are many more. Most forum members probably know that Chet Atkins (perhaps one of the most respected guitarists of all time?) often said that Django was one of his favorite guitarists. I'll start with the 7 tunes on that album (recorded with Les Paul) that Django also recorded & you all can take it from there. To create a fun opportunity for everyone that wants to get involved, please limit your submissions to 7 that haven't yet been posted:



It Had To Be You

Out Of Nowhere


Lover, Come Back To Me

The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise

Have fun with it.



  • WillieWillie HamburgNew
    edited December 2023 Posts: 833

    I'll see you in my dreams

    It don't mean a thing

    Chinatown, my Chinatown

    After you've gone

    Honeysuckle Rose

    Dark eyes

    St. Louis Blues

  • luckylucky New
    edited December 2023 Posts: 37

    I’ll come straight in with the obvious one - I’ll See You in My Dreams.

  • billyshakesbillyshakes NoVA✭✭✭ Park Avance - Dupont Nomade - Dupont DM-50E
    Posts: 1,315

    Chet and Knopfler did Tears in addition to the previously mentioned ISYIMD. Chet and Jerry played Limehouse Blues. I think Jerry Reed was also a big Django fan.

  • Posts: 4,777

    Apparently he said he would put Django at the top of the list of the most influential guitar players. The C.G.P. genius. Must've been very funny guy too.

    Every note wants to go somewhere-Kurt Rosenwinkel
  • BillDaCostaWilliamsBillDaCostaWilliams Barreiro, Portugal✭✭✭ Mateos, Altamira M01F, Huttl
    Posts: 636

    Django's Castle was the B side of Boo Boo Stick Beat in 1959 and I know I heard it for the first time on the Sixteen Scene album around 1963.

  • MikeKMikeK Asheville, NCNew Altamira M-10, Epiphone Zephyr Regent
    Posts: 385

    Nice work so far, we've got 13 of my original 25 + 4 that I missed. Here are another 7:


    When Day Is Done

    Crazy Rhythm

    Somewhere Over The Rainbow

    The Lambeth Walk

    The Peanut Vendor

    Lullaby Of Birdland

    That leaves 5 left from my original list.

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