Scotty Moore, the influential guitarist who played on Elvis Presley‘s earliest recordings, died Tuesday in Nashville. He was 84.
Moore, along with bassist Bill Black, was part of Elvis’s first band, known as the Blue Moon Boys. He played on the King’s Sun Records releases and continued to work with him when he moved on to RCA Records.
The longtime member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was elected to the Memphis Music Hall of Fame last November, but couldn’t attend due to his poor health.
Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards accepted the award for Moore and praised his influence, saying, “I started out on an acoustic guitar, then I heard Scotty Moore and I went electric. He opened up avenues musically in the way he worked with [bassist] Bill Black, and Elvis, of course. That was the kick-off for me and a lot of guys.”
Funeral services for Moore are set for Thursday in his hometown of Humboldt, Tennessee. (The Commercial Appeal)