Died June 28, 2016 at age 84. Truly innovative and distinctive, his guitar playing stood alone. He was best known for playing in Elvis’ band, of course. Here’s how Wiki put it:
“Winfield Scott “Scotty” Moore III (December 27, 1931 – June 28, 2016) was an American guitarist and recording engineer. He is best known for his backing of Elvis Presley in the first part of his career, between 1954 and the beginning of Elvis’s Hollywood years. He was ranked 29th in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time in 2011. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000 and the Memphis Music Hall of Fame in 2015.”
Moore’s influence is immeasurable. For just one example, Keith Richards was quoted as saying “When I heard [“Heartbreak Hotel”], I knew what was wanted to do with my life. … All I wanted to do in the world was be able to play and sound like that.” Added Richards, “Everyone else wanted to be Elvis. I wanted to be Scotty.”
Thanks for the music, Scotty. R.I.P.