Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley’s guitarist, dead at 84
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A Memphis musician with ties to the King of Rock and Roll passed away on Tuesday in Nashville.
Scotty Moore was 84-years-old.
Moore had reportedly been sick for some time before his passing.
“We lost one of the finest people I have ever met today. I was lucky to call you a friend and I’m very glad I got to see you just a few days ago. The guitarist that changed the world… especially mine; I hope you don’t mind if I keep stealing your licks. Love you Scotty,” posted Matt Ross-Spang with Sun Studios.
Born in 1931 on a farm outside of Gadsden, Moore began playing guitar at the tender age of 8.
According to his website, he learned from family members and friends.
By 1954, he had formed a country band known as The Starlite Wranglers, and began working at Sun Studios.
It was there in July of 1954 that he met and recorded “That’s Alright Mama” with Elvis Presley himself.
Moore would spend the next 14 years by Presley’s side.
He also worked with other notable stars like Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Ringo Starr, Jeff Beck and Ronnie Wood, reported Rolling Stone.
Moore was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000.