Chet Atkins – Colonel Bogey March, “Colonel Bogey March” (or simply “Colonel Bogey”) is a British march composed by Frederick Joseph Ricketts under the pseudonym Kenneth J. Alford in 1913 at Fort George in Scotland. This march became widely known from the movie “The Bridge over the Kwai”.
Chet Atkins has released his versions of the song on the following albums:
Chet Atkins Pics the Best (released 1967)
Identified! (published 1971)
In Concert (RCA CPL2-1014; released 1975) An album with several artists; including a performance of “Colonel Bogey” with Atkins and Jerry Reed.
Chet Atkins – Colonel Bogey March
Chester Burton “Chet” Atkins (June 20, 1924 – June 30, 2001), known as “Mr. Guitar” and “The Country Gentleman”, was an American musician, occasional vocalist, songwriter, and record producer who, along with Owen Bradley and Bob Ferguson, helped create the Nashville sound, the country music style which expanded its appeal to adult pop music fans. He was primarily known as a guitarist. He also played the mandolin, fiddle, banjo, and ukulele.
Atkins’s signature picking style was inspired by Merle Travis. Other major guitar influences were Django Reinhardt, George Barnes, Les Paul, and, later, Jerry Reed. His distinctive picking style and musicianship brought him admirers inside and outside the country scene, both in the United States and abroad. Atkins spent most of his career at RCA Victor and produced records for the Browns, Hank Snow, Porter Wagoner, Norma Jean, Dolly Parton, Dottie West, Perry Como, Floyd Cramer, Elvis Presley, the Everly Brothers, Eddy Arnold, Don Gibson, Jim Reeves, Jerry Reed, Skeeter Davis, Waylon Jennings, Roger Whittaker, and many others.