Scotty Moore, the pioneering rock guitarist whose picking behind Elvis Presely’s first recordings for Sun Records, died Tuesday June 28th in Nashville. He was 84.
Moore was Elvis’ first guitarist on the singles released by Sun Records in 1954-1955. He worked behind Presley after he moved to RCA in 1956, appearing on Elvis hits including Heartbreak Hotel and Blue Suede Shoes.
He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000.
The 1997 album All the King’s Men featured Scotty Moore working with Presley’s former drummer D.J. Fontana and some of the musicians he influenced including Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones, Levon Helm of the Band, Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick, and guitarist Jeff Beck.
Here’s Keith Richards talking about the influence Scotty Moore had on his early development as a guitarist.