June 29, 2016

Scotty Moore: 1931-2016

Scotty Moore, the guitarist on the early (and best) Elvis Presley songs on Sun Records, died yesterday. He was 84. Never made much money, but his influence cannot be underestimated.

We would just go in and Sam would suggest some songs or Elvis did maybe something he knew. Nothing was pre-determined. We just tried different things and probably found one that everyone felt comfortable with and had a good groove, and that would be it. It's ironic though that the very first things we put down, Sam (Phillips) recorded them and he kept them. And the only thing I can figure is after we did "That's Alright Mama" and "Blue Moon of Kentucky", he felt like we did have a direction, so we would go through these different tunes. He may have recorded some of them and played them back and we said, "No, that ain't happening". Then he would erase the tape. He never kept any of that. I guess because tape cost so much. So those very early things, when we were just experimenting around, he never kept. I bet he wished he had.

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