Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley’s guitarist, dies aged 84

He also played with Keith Richards, Carl Perkins, Levon Helm and many more

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Scotty Moore has died aged 84.

Moore was the last survivor of Elvis Presley’s original band which also included bassist Bill Black.

Moore died at his home in Nashville on Tuesday, June 28, according to The Commercial Appeal.


Along with Black, Moore was a member of The Blue Moon Boys, who backed Presley on many of his key songs including “Heartbreak Hotel“, “Blue Suede Shoes” and “Jailhouse Rock”.

After appearing in four of Presley’s films including Jailhouse Rock and GI Blues, Moore was fired by Sam Philips in 1964 for breaking his contract by releasing a solo album, The Guitar That Changed The World.

Moore was reunited with Presley for the ’68 Comeback special.

Keith Richards was one of those inspired by Moore. He once said: “When I heard ‘Heartbreak Hotel’, I knew what I wanted to do in life.

“It was as plain as day. All I wanted to do in the world was to be able to play and sound like that. Everyone else wanted to be Elvis, I wanted to be Scotty.”


Moore also worked with artists including Richards, Ronnie Wood, Ringo Starr, Carl Perkins, Levon Helm and Jeff Beck.

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