Chet Atkins and Les Paul “Chester and Lester”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#358 in the Series) is Chet Atkins and Les Paul, Chester and Lester

We’re going to change direction today. You have to love a website that can segue from Nina Hagen to Chet Atkins and Les Paul.  We strive for variety here!

Chet Atkins and Les Paul were two of the greatest guitarist to ever strap it on. They played together live many times, however, this was one of the only recordings that they did together.

Chester and Lester was released in 1975. It features some wonderful versions of great standards. One of my favorites here is their version of Duke Ellington’s “Caravan.” They also cover Sammy Cahn’s “It’s Been a Long, Long Time.”  You’ll also find Al Jolson’s “Avalon.” Don’t forget Ela’s “Deed I Do” and also “It Had to Be You.” I promise that this version of “It Had to Be You” blows away the John Travolta version from 1976!

Chester and Lester peaked at #172 on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart. It did reach #11 on the Billboard Country Album Chart.

It won a Grammy for Best Country Instrumental Performance

If you like guitar this one’s for you. Check out the video playlist below.

Here’s a website that features a ton of great Les Paul. You want one for Chet Atkins?  Well here it is.

Listen to the complete album and more on the Cool Album MySpace Page.

Track listing

Side one

  1. “It’s Been a Long, Long Time” (Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne) – 3:33
  2. “Medley: Moonglow/Picnic” – 4:44
  3. “Caravan” (Duke Ellington, Irving Mills, Juan Tizol) – 3:21
  4. “It Had to Be You” (Isham Jones, Gus Kahn) – 3:34
  5. “Out of Nowhere” (Johnny Green, Edward Heyman) – 3:14

Side two

  1. “Avalon” (Buddy DeSylva, Al Jolson, Vincent Rose) – 6:32
  2. “The Birth of the Blues” (Lew Brown, Buddy G. DeSylva, Ray Henderson) – 3:07
  3. “Someday, Sweetheart” (Spikes, Spikes) – 3:21
  4. “‘Deed I Do” (Walter Hirsch, Fred Rose) – 2:31
  5. “Lover, Come Back to Me” (Oscar Hammerstein, Sigmund Romberg) – 2:44


  • Chet Atkins – guitar
  • Les Paul – guitar
  • Randy Goodrum – piano
  • Larrie Londin – drums
  • Ray Edenton – guitar
  • Henry Strzelecki – bass
  • Bob Moore – bass

Posted by Larry Carta

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