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Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley guitarist, dead at 84
By
Del Cowie

Published

June 29, 2016

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Scotty Moore, a guitarist who helped Elvis Presley shape his sound, has died in Nashville, Tenn., at the age of 84.

Moore's death was confirmed by a family member of Moore's longtime partner Gail Pollock and also by Karen Fontana, the wife of Presley drummer D.J. Fontana. Moore had been in poor health in recent months.

Moore has been credited with inspiring many prominent musicians to play guitar, including Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones, Jimmy Page and Bruce Springsteen.

Moore was born in Gadsden, Tenn., and was the last surviving member of Presley's original band, the Blue Moon Boys. Moore was often credited with being a critical influence on Presley's sound. Moore played guitar on some of Presley's most famous recordings, including "Heartbreak Hotel," "Blue Suede Shoes" and "Hound Dog."

Moore met Presley in 1954 when they began to work together at Sun Studios in Memphis and worked on Presley's first song, "That's All Right (Mama)." Moore would go on to work with Presley through his phenomenally successful 1950s career and also appeared on Presley's 1968 comeback TV special.

Moore's significance was recognized by Presley's ex-wife, Priscilla, in a statement:

“Elvis loved Scotty dearly and treasured those amazing years together, both in the studio and on the road. Scotty was an amazing musician and a legend in his own right. The incredible music that Scotty and Elvis made together will live forever and influence generations to come.”

Moore was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000.