Scotty Moore would have been celebrating his 86th birthday today. At first you m…
Written by megarock on December 27, 2017
Scotty Moore would have been celebrating his 86th birthday today. At first you may not recognize the name. In 1954 he played guitar for Elvis Presley 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.
Winfield Scott “Scotty” Moore III was born on Dec. 27, 1931. He played guitar for Elvis Presley in the first part of his career, between 1954 and the beginning of Elvis’s Hollywood years. He was ranked 29th 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 and the Memphis Music Hall of Fame in 2015.
He learned to play the guitar from family and friends at eight years of age. His 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.
The Rolling Stones’ lead guitarist Keith Richards has said of Moore, “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.”
We lost Scotty on June 28th of last year.
Happy Birthday Scotty. RIP and Thank You.
Here’s an early shot of Scotty on stage with some other guy…