Newswire: R.I.P. Scotty Moore, Elvis’ guitarist

Variety is reporting that Winfield “Scotty” Moore, the man whose Gibson ES-295 became known as “the guitar that changed the world” for its role in the rise of Elvis Presley, has died. Moore was 84.

Born in Tennessee in 1931, Moore met Presley in the mid-1950s, when legendary producer Sam Philips put the pair (and double bassist Bill Black) together for the recording of Presley’s first break-out hit, “That’s All Right (Mama)”. Moore, Presley, and Black (and, eventually, drummer D.J. Fontana) founded the Blue Moon Boys in 1954, touring around the United States and building Presley’s skyrocketing popularity. Moore’s guitar—initially the ES-295, and later the Gibson Super 400—appeared on most of Presley’s early hits for Sun Records, including “Hound Dog,” “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Jailhouse Rock,” and numerous others. The Blue Moon Boys also appeared in several of Presley’s films in small roles …

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