Tuesday, June 28, 2016
– Scotty Moore, the guitarist behind Elvis Presley, died Tuesday at 84.
Winfield Scott "Scotty" Moore III was born Dec. 27, 1931
Moore backed Presley in the first part of his career, starting in 1954 through the beginning of Presley's Hollywood years. Moore was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000.
Moore was born near Gadsden, Tenn. He learned the guitar from family and friends at eight. Sam Phillips at Sun Records put him together with Presley.Moore played lead guitar and with Bill Black on double bass. They played on the first Presley hit, the Sun Studios session cut of "That's All Right." At the same time, they cut Bill Monroe's "Blue Moon of Kentucky," which became the flip-side single.
Presley, Black and Moore then formed the Blue Moon Boys. In 1954, the Blue Moon Boys toured and later made appearances in Presley television shows and motion pictures. More also played on Presley hits "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."
In 1964, Moore released a solo album on Epic Records,"The Guitar That Changed the World."