1976 Chet Atkins; Les Paul – Chester & Lester

Chester & Lester is a collaborative album by guitarists Chet Atkins and Les Paul released in 1976.

It was recorded in the mid-1970s when Atkins was in his fifties and Paul in his sixties. Atkins coaxed Paul out of his decade-long retirement for this recording. The liner notes state there is very little overdubbing and the majority of the album was live in the studio.

Chester & Lester peaked at No. 11 on Billboard’s Country album chart and No. 172 on the Pop album chart. It peaked at No. 27 on the Country chart again in 1978. At the Grammy Awards of 1976, Chester & Lester won the Grammy Award for Best Country Instrumental Performance.


1  It’s Been A Long, Long Time (Sammy Cahn; Jule Styne) 03:31
2  Medley: Moonglow / Picnic (Eddie DeLange; Irving Mills; Will Hudson; George Duning) 05:16
3  Caravan (Duke Ellington; Irving Mills; Juan Tizol) 03:17
4  It Had To Be You (Gus Kahn; Isham Jones) 03:32
5  Out Of Nowhere (Edward Heyman; Johnny Green) 03:13
6  Avalon (Al Jolson; Buddy DeSylva; Vincent Rose) 06:31
7  Birth Of The Blues (Buddy DeSylva; Lew Brown; Ray Henderson) 03:07
8  Someday Sweetheart (Benjamin Franklin Spikes; John Spikes) 03:20
9  Deed I Do (Fred Rose; Walter Hirsch) 02:30
10  Lover Come Back To Me (Oscar Hammerstein II; Sigmund Romberg) 02:41


BassBob Moore
BassHenry Strzelecki
DrumsLarrie Londin
Guitar (solo)Les Paul
Guitar (solo)Chet Atkins
GuitarBobby Thompson
GuitarPaul Yandell
GuitarRay Edenton
PianoRandy Goodrum

Liner Notes

Producer – Chet Atkins
Engineer (Recording) – Bill Vandevort
Mastered By – Randy Kling

Art Direction – Kenneth Aronson

Recorded At RCA Victor Studios, Nashville
Phonographic Copyright RCA Records
Copyright RCA Records