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Tuesday, 30 June 2020


Available for freelance writing commissions on a variety of subjects including family history, nostalgic Belfast and its famous people, shops, shoppers & shopping (40 years in retailing), the golden age of Hollywood (including westerns) and humorous pieces on life's weird and wonderful. Op-eds, columns, non-fiction book reviews too. & @JoeCushnan

I have a portfolio of features, reviews, poetry and short fiction published in all sorts of places - Belfast Telegraph, Tribune, Ireland's Own, Dalhousie Review, Fairlight Books, Reader's Digest, Reality, Lapwing Poetry, Ink, Sweat & Tears, Spillwords, Dear Reader, Amethyst Review, to name a selection.  Oh, and the odd BBC radio contribution. I wrote a book on retailing, on dealing with job losses and a biography of Stephen Boyd.

This is a series of very short items that have nothing to do with the current news agenda.  Swift diversions for a moment or two.

Apropos of Nothing #73 – 30 June 2001

Chester Burton ‘Chet’ Atkins was born on 20 June, 1924 and died at 77 on 30 June, 2001.  He was a musician, songwriter and record producer and was very prominent in the development of the country music style known as the Nashville sound.

He was a major decision-maker at RCA Victor and nurtured the talents of and produced records for Hank Snow, Dolly Parton, Floyd Cramer, Elvis Presley, Eddy Arnold, The Everly Brothers, Jerry Reed, Waylon Jennings and many more.

As well as being a sublime guitar player, Atkins also played the mandolin, fiddle, ukulele and banjo.

He was the Country Music Association’s Instrumentalist of the Year nine times.  He won fourteen Grammys.  He was inducted posthumously into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.


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