Los Angeles, June 29 (IANS) Late rocker Elvis Presley’s pioneering rock and roll guitarist Scotty Moore has died at the age of 84 after months of ill health.
According to Memphis newspaper the Commercial Appeal, Moore died on Tuesday in Nashville, reports dailymail.co.uk.
He is most famous for backing Presley during the first part of his career 1954 until the beginning of his Hollywood years.
He played on Presley’s most influential records including his first hit “That’s all right” as well as “Heartbreak Hotel” and “Hound Dog”.
Matt Ross-Sprang, an engineer at the Sun Studio in Memphis where Moore recorded his early tracks, said: “We lost one of the finest people I have ever met today.
“The guitarist that changed the world … especially mine.”
Moore, who began playing the guitar at age eight, was recruited for Presley’s Blue Moon Boys band by legendary producer Sam Phillips in 1954.
This was the unit, which also included bassist Bill Black and drummer DJ Fontana, that backed Presley as he recorded the tunes that earned him the title the ‘King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’.
Services are scheduled for Thursday in Humboldt, Tennessee, for Moore.
His influential career seen him showered with accolades, including being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000 and the Memphis Music Hall of Fame in 2015.