Music legend Scotty Moore has died Tuesday, June 28th at the age of 84. Moore became known as Elvis Presley’s guitarist. Born in Crockett County, Tennessee, Moore played a huge role in his music. Moore was a member of Elvis’ original band, the Blue Moon Boys, playing on the singer’s epochal Sun Records sides, and continuing to work with Presley into his career with RCA. He recorded on Elvis songs including “Jailhouse Rock,” “Hound Dog,” “Heartbreak Hotel,” as well as many others.
Moore — a longtime member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame — was elected to the Memphis Music hall of Fame last November. Though he was unable to attend due to his health, Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards accepted the award on his behalf.
“I started out on an acoustic guitar, then I heard Scotty Moore and I went electric. He opened up avenues musically in the way he worked with (bassist) Bill Black, and Elvis, of course. That was the kick-off for me and a lot of guys.”