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A Pioneer In His Own Right, Scotty Moore, Elvis Guitarist and Rock and Roll Icon Dies at 84

We’re celebrating Scotty Moors contribution to rock and roll.

Who doesn’t know Elvis Presley? The King of Rock & Roll. He set the music world on fire with his new style of music in the 50’s. His famous guitarist, Scotty Moore, passed away on June 28, 2016. Scotty began his career in jazz and country music. Sam Phillips from Sun Records hooked him up with Elvis Presley. Scotty played on the first legendary Presley hit, “That’s All Right”. They recorded it on July 5, 1954. He played with Elvis on the Dorsey Brothers, Milton Berle, Steve Allen, and Ed Sullivan live TV shows.  That was between January 1956 to January 1957. He also played on the songs “Good Rockin’ Tonight”, “Milk Cow Blues Boogie”, “Baby Let’s Play House”, “Heartbreak Hotel”, “Mystery Train”, “Blue Suede Shoes”, “Hound Dog”, “Too Much”, “Jailhouse Rock” and “Hard Headed Woman”. Many of the people in the recording industry did not like Scotty and bass player Bill Black. Later in 1957, he left the band for that because of that.

Read the story here:

Scotty Moore, a pioneer in the world of rock and roll, and
guitar giant has died Tuesday at the age of 84.

Moore was a long-time member of Elvis Presley’s bands, including his original backing band, the Blue Moon Boys, who (along with bassist Bill Black) would feature on Elvis’ Sun Records debut and contributed to the wildly popular songs, “Heartbreak Hotel” and “Hound Dog.”

As well as being inducted in 2000 into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Memphis Music Hall of Fame in 2015, Scotty was also ranked 29th on Rolling Stone’s list of 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.

It has been reported that Moore had been in poor health in recent months. A service will be held in his hometown of Humboldt, Tennessee.

From Facebook® : Scotty Moore’s Website on Tuesday had the following post:

I’m very sorry to report that Scotty died, at home, on the morning of June 28, 2016. He was 84.
He was laid to rest with his parents in a brief private service in Humboldt, TN on Thursday. DJ and his wife Karen were in attendance. A public service may be held at a later time.
We thank you for your understanding and most of all your patronage. https://forgottenguitar.com/2016/06/29/r-i-p-scotty-moore-elvis-guitarist-and-rock-and-rock-icon-dies-at-84/ˮ

Scotty was a  fan of guitarist Chet Atkins. Scotty liked the pretty finger-picking style that Chet played. Early in his career with Elvis, Scotty made $200.00 a week, while Elvis was making millions. He was not happy with that at all. Scotty played with bass player Bill Black at the Louisiana Hayride in October 1954. It was there they became known the Blue Moon Boys.

When Elvis went into the Army in Early 1958, Scotty began working at Fernwood Records. There he produced a hit record called “Tragedy” for Thomas Wayne Perkins.  Thomas was the brother of Johnny Cash guitarist Luther Perkins.

Moore was back with Elvis in 1960. They began recording sessions at RCA. He also served as production manager at Sam Phillips Recording Service. This involved supervising all aspects of studio operation. Moore played on such Presley songs as “Fame And Fortune”, “Such A Night”, “Frankfort Special”, “Surrender”, “I Feel So Bad”, “Rock-A-Hula Baby”, “Kiss Me Quick”, “Good Luck Charm”, “She’s Not You”, “(You’re The) Devil in Disguise” and “Bossa Nova Baby”.

Moore released a solo album in 1964. It was on Epic Records and called The Guitar That Changed the World, played using his Gibson Super 400. For this effort Sam Phillips fired him. Scotty reunited with Fontana and Elvis for the NBC TV special known as the ’68 Comeback Special. Again he played his Gibson Super 400 which was also played by Presley. This was the last time these musicians would play with Elvis, and for Scotty, it was the last time he ever saw him.

Hopefully they are  back together again in Rock & Roll heaven.

Scotty Moore




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