Guitarist, rockabilly pioneer, Scotty Moore
birth name:Winfield Scott Moore

Scotty Moore

December 27, 1931, Gadsden, TN ~ June 28, 2016, Nashville, TN

He urged Moore, who was a great admirer of the virtuoso style of Chet Atkins, to “simplify, simplify”; Black, similarly, added not fancy riffs but just a powerful bass rhythm. Between them their forceful, propulsive playing made up for the absence of a drummer. One of Phillips’s innovations was his use of a makeshift, electronic echo he called “slap-back”, which contributed to the reverberating guitar sound. Moore, meanwhile, used a thumb pick to create a fuller effect: “I’m sure on That’s All Right I tried single-string stuff at first. But it sounded so empty. So I slid into thumb, finger and rhythm, trying to stab a note here and there. Actually throughout all the Sun stuff, I stayed with that technique” ~ The Telegraph: Scotty Moore Obituary ~ June 29, 2016 © The Telegraph

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Moore began playing guitar at the age of eight, and after a stint in the U.S. Navy in the early Fifties, moved to Memphis and formed the Starlite Wrangers with bassist Bill Black. In 1954, Sun Records impresario Sam Phillips paired Moore with a teenaged Elvis Presley. Together, along with Black, they would record Presley's first single, That's All Right (Mama). The recording session was only meant to be an audition; instead, the trio made music history. ~ Rolling Stone: Scotty Moore Obituary ~ June 28, 2016 © Rolling Stone

Scotty Moore ~ Ranked #29 Rolling Stone 100 Greatest Guitarists in 2011 ~ And when Elvis wanted to get back to his roots on the 1968 “comeback special,” he summoned Moore, for the sound that helped change the role of the guitar in pop music. “Everyone else wanted to be Elvis,” Keith Richards said. “I wanted to be Scotty.” . ~ 2011 © Rolling Stone

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