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Scotty Moore

Born: 1931 AD
Died: 2016 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Guitarist

He is a legendary American guitarist and member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He is best known for his backing of Elvis Presley in the first part of his career, between 1954 and the beginning of Elvis’ Hollywood years.


1931 – Born December 27th, Gadsden, Tennessee


1940 – He learns guitar from his family and friends


1948-1952 – United States Navy


1954-1958 – Moore played on many of Presley’s most famous recordings including “Good Rockin’ Tonight”, “Baby Let’s Play House”, “Heartbreak Hotel”, “Mystery Train”, “Hound Dog”, “Too Much” and “Jailhouse Rock”


1958 – Frustrated with their limited salaried incomes as Presley became a superstar and earned more and more, Scotty and Bill gave Presley letters of resignation in September 1957. Although this was patched up after about a month, tension remained, and in any case Scotty and Bill were out of work again early in 1958, when Presley was drafted.


1960 – Moore began working for Sam Phillips as a production manager, continuing to work with Elvis occasionally.


1964 – Moore released a solo album called The Guitar That Changed the World.


1968 – He performed on the NBC television special called Elvis Presley’s ’68 Comeback Special.


1992 – He got back into playing guitar again, after a layoff of about 25 years, on recordings and live shows with Carl Perkins.


1997 – He recorded a tribute album to Elvis Presley with D.J. Fontana, `All the King’s Men’, which included appearances by Keith Richards, Levon Helm, Jeff Beck, and Ronnie Wood. The presence of such heavyweights was a testament to the influence of Moore on other guitarists, not just rockabilly ones, but also rockers of a later generation such as Richards. The Rolling Stones guitarist indeed is quite vocal and enthusiastic in his praise of Moore, even saying that it was hearing “Heartbreak Hotel” that made him want to devote his life to playing guitar.


2000 – For his pioneering contribution, Moore has been recognized by the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. He was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.