December 27: The late great Scotty Moore was born in 1931

“When I heard Heartbreak Hotel, I knew what I wanted to do in life. It was as plain as day. All I wanted to do in the world was to be able to play and sound like that. Everyone else wanted to be Elvis, I wanted to be Scotty.”
– Keith Richards

Scotty Moore was born in 1931

Winfield Scott “Scotty” Moore III (born December 27, 1931, died June 28, 2016) was an American guitarist and recording engineer. He is best known for his backing of Elvis Presley in the first part of his career, between 1954 and the beginning of Elvis’s Hollywood years. He was ranked 44th in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time in 2011. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000.

One of THE greatest rock’n roll guitarists of all time

…he died in 2016 and he is sorely missed!

Scotty Moore

Scotty Moore
Birth name Winfield Scott Moore III
Born: December 27, 1931
Gadsden, Tennessee
United States
Died: June 28, 2016 (aged 84)
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
Genres Rock and roll
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1950s–2007
Labels Sun
Associated acts
  • Elvis Presley
  • The Blue Moon Boys
  • Ricky Nelson
  • Ten Years After
Website www.scottymoore.net

Scotty Moore and Elvis

Scotty Moore was born near Gadsden, Tennessee. He learned to play the guitar from family and friends at eight years of age.

Moore’s early background was in jazz and country music. A fan of guitarist Chet Atkins, Moore led a group called the “Starlite Wranglers” before Sam Phillips at Sun Records put him together with then teenage Elvis Presley. Sam Phillips believed that Moore’s lead guitar and Bill Black’s double bass were all that was needed to augment Presley’s rhythm guitar and lead vocals on their recordings. In 1954 Moore and Black accompanied Elvis on what would become the first legendary Presley hit, the Sun Studios session cut of “That’s All Right (Mama)”, a recording regarded as a seminal event in rock and roll history.

Elvis Presley – Hound Dog (1956):

Moore played on many of Presley’s most famous recordings, including “That’s All Right”, “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”. Moore and the Blue Moon Boys also perform (and have additional small walk-on and speaking roles) with Elvis in three of his movies (Loving You, Jailhouse Rock, King Creole and G.I. Blues ) filmed in 1957, 1958 and 1960.

– Hallgeir

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