Elvis guitarist Scotty Moore dies aged 84

Moore was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000 and in 2015 he ranked 29th in Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 greatest guitarists

29 June 2016, 11:13am
Scotty Moore
Scotty Moore
Pioneering rock guitarist Scotty Moore, who was a member of Elvis Presley’s original band, has died aged 84.

Moore – who is credited with helping Elvis shape his music that came to be called rock ‘n’ roll, and inspired generations of guitarists – died in Nashville on Tuesday after several months of poor health.

He was the last survivor of Elvis’s original band which included Presley, bassist Bill Black and producer Sam Phillips.

As part of The Blue Moon Boys, Moore backed Presley on many of his legendary songs including Heartbreak Hotel, Blue Suede Shoes and Jailhouse Rock.

Keith Richards from The Rolling Stones was one of those inspired by Moore. He once said: “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.”

Born in Tennessee, Moore began playing guitar at the age of eight and turned to music after a spell in the US Navy.

In 1954, while living and working in Memphis, he formed the country band The Starlite Wranglers, with Black.

Moore with Elvis
Moore with Elvis
That same year Phillips at Sun Records put him together with a young singer he had auditioned – Elvis Presley.

They worked together for 14 years and Moore was Presley’s first manager.

Moore also had a long working relationship with his friend Carl Perkins and also worked with other artists including Ringo Starr, Keith Richards, Jeff Beck and Ronnie Wood.

He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000 and in 2015 he was placed at number 29 in Rolling Stone’s 100 greatest guitarists list.