Rockabilly, jazz, and country guitarist who released twenty albums during his career, which spanned more than three decades.
He got his start playing banjo and guitar with the group Liz Meyer & Friends.
Gibson.com ranked Gatton the 27th greatest guitar player who ever lived in 2010.
He committed suicide in 1994, leaving behind his wife and daughter.
His guitar style was greatly admired by electric guitar inventor Les Paul.