“I’m very proud of how much the music has held up over the years,” enthuses Scotty Moore from his home in Nashville. And he has the right to be. It’s been nearly forty-six years since the sixty-seven-year-old guitarist, along with friend and bassist Bill Black, helped catapult a shy teenage singer named Elvis Presley to superstar status by joining in on an impromptu send-up of Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup’s “That’s All Right, Mama” at Memphis producer Sam Phillips’ Sun Studios. The resulting record not only became a smash but also helped launch the rock & roll revolution — and assured Moore’s induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame this year in the newly created “Sideman” category. Moore’s trademark guitar playing — a unique amalgam of spontaneous, echoey jabs, tasteful licks and delicate finger picking — would influence a host of fledgling rockers spanning two generations — from Keith Richards, Jeff Beck and George Harrison to Brian Setzer, Chris Isaak and Jonny Lang. Completely recovered from a heart attack he suffered a year ago, Moore is looking forward to touring in the spring and recording a follow-up CD to 1997’s all-star effort All The King’s Men, which reunited Moore… Read full this story
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