Scotty Moore, 1931 – 2016

Scotty Moore, 1931 -- 2016

Guitarist Scotty Moore died Tuesday at the age of 84. In 1955, at tiny Sun Studio in Memphis, Mr. Moore played his Gibson ES-295 through an EchoSonic amp and, along with bass player Bill Black, backed up young Elvis Presley on an uptempo version of Junior Parker‘s song “Mystery Train.” It was the first Rock n’ Roll record many people ever heard.

You can hear the key role Scotty Moore’s finger-picked guitar played in propelling the tune on the Elvis recording and on the version he recorded in 1964 without a lead vocal:



“Scotty Moore, ‘co-founder of rock ‘n’ roll’ and Elvis Presley’s guitarist, dies at 84,” Travis M. Andrews, Washington Post

“Scotty Moore, Hard-Driving Guitarist Who Backed Elvis Presley, Dies at 84,” William Grimes, New York Times

Scotty Moore website



Image by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht,

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