Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Scotty Moore, 1931-2016, R.I.P.


Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Scotty Moore, who backed up Elvis Presley on guitar during the earliest part of the King's career, has died at the age of eighty-four.

Moore's lead guitar and Bill Black's bass (with D.J. Fontana on drums after a bit) were a perfect match for the young Presley's vocals. Beginning with That's All Right, Scotty Moore helped to create the rockabilly sound. (I'm over-simplifying a bit, as true music historians know, but so be it.)
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(Those interested in Presley at the beginning of his career should pick up The Sun Sessions on RCA Records.)





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17 comments:

  1. First I've heard of him. Always someone behind those that take the spotlight fame it seems, helping them get there.

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    1. Well, with these musicians, it was a new sound they were popularizing. Scotty did come in for his share of credit over the years.

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    1. Really? Somewhere, I read that any number ten or less should be fully written, but eleven or more should appear in numeral form. It got jammed in my mind.

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  3. Amazing looking at the pictures that Elvis, himself would be 81. So many people in the music industry have died this year

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  4. I would have loved to have the chance to sit and talk to him about those times, the young Elvis, etc.
    God bless.
    Barbara from Life & Faith in Caneyhead

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    1. Me, too, especially the early, rockabilly stuff.

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  6. wow. how much he must've seen being that close to Elvis - timeless rock and roll will never die!

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    1. Yeah, and he would have seen it in Elvis' early days, the prime of his career!

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  7. Never heard of him - but obviously Elvis must have had supporting musicians. Amazing to think that Elvis would have been in his eighties now!

    Susan at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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    1. Yeah, people were ripping off Scotty's licks for decades.

      And Elvis in his eighties is a truly mind-boggling concept.

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  8. Next to being a collector of more comics than my wife will ever forgive me, I've been an Elvis fan for 46 years. Scotty Moore had his own style and he will be missed.

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