Elvis Presley’s Longtime Guitarist Scotty Moore Dies
Elvis Presley’s first guitarist Scotty Moore has died aged 84. The musician passed away at his home in Nashville, Tennessee on Tuesday. Moore was famous in the music industry due to his work with Elvis at the height of his career, with his guitar contributions on the singer’s hits such as “Jailhouse Rock,” “Blue Suede Shoes” and “Hound Dog” becoming legendary.
Following the news of his death, Phillips Recording Service engineer Matt Ross-Spang shared a snap of himself with Moore on Instagram, writing: “We lost one of the finest people I have ever met today. I was lucky to call you a friend and I’m very glad I got to see you just a few days ago.” “The guitarist that changed the world… especially mine; I hope you don’t mind if I keep stealing your licks. Love you Scotty.”
Moore also made musical history through his work with Elvis and bassist Bill Black as The Blue Moon Boys, which they formed in 1954 and continued until 1968. He also inspired countless musicians through his unique skills, including the Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards. “Everyone else wanted to be Elvis…I wanted to be Scotty,” Richards once said. Moore was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000, before The Memphis Music Hall of Fame inducted him last October. Due to the musician’s ill health, Richards was on hand to accept the honor in his place, and once again spoke of his love for the guitarist. “I think without Scotty, I wouldn’t be here,” he said. “I don’t know how many people would be either. He was such an inspiration.” After his work with Elvis, Moore played alongside stars such as Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Ringo Starr and Jerry Lee Lewis as a freelance studio engineer on albums and television specials. Moore is survived by his five children, Donald, Linda, Andrea, Vikki Hein, and Tasha, and numerous grandchildren.