Scotty Moore, pioneering rock guitarist for Elvis Presley, has died at 84. - From Los Angeles Times
Moore was a local session musician when he and Black were thrown together with Presley on July 5, 1954, in the Memphis-based Sun Records studios.
Elvis was the star, but young musicians listened closely to Moore's contributions, whether the slow, churning solo he laid down on “Heartbreak Hotel” or the flashy lead on “Hard-Headed Woman.” Moore, Black and Fontana backed Presley for his TV appearances and early movies, but by 1957 had tired of what Moore called “Elvis economics.” In the memoir “That's Alright, Elvis,” published in 1997, Moore noted that he earned just over $8,000 in 1956, while Presley became a millionaire.
He and Fontana also backed Paul McCartney for the ex-Beatle's cover of “That's All Right.” In 2000, Moore was inducted into the Rock Hall of Fame.
He was a fan of jazz and country and was strongly influenced by Chet Atkins and Les Paul.
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