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Scotty Moore
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    (December 27, 1931-June 28, 2016)
    Born in Gadsden, Tennessee
    Birth name was Winfield Scott Moore III
    Best known for backing Elvis Presley (1954-58,1960-63,1968)
    Recorded the albums ‘The Guitar That Changed the World!’ (1964) and ‘All the King’s Men’ (with drummer D.J. Fontana, 1997)
    Had speaking roles in the Elvis movies ‘Loving You’ (1957), ‘Jailhouse Rock’ (1957), ‘King Creole’ (1958) and ‘G.I. Blues’ (1960)
    Wrote the memoir ‘That’s Alright, Elvis’ (1997)
    Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a sideman (2000)
    He lied about his age to join the Navy when he was sixteen.
    When Sam Phillips first asked him to play with Elvis, his immediate response was, ‘Elvis Presley? What kind of name is that?’
    He was briefly Elvis’ manager, but was outmaneuvered by Colonel Tom Parker.
    ’The Guitar That Changed the World!’ was included in the book ‘The Worst Rock ‘n’ Roll Records of All Time,’ with the authors noting, ‘Revisionists who insist that Moore was the genius behind Elvis always shut up after they hear it.’
    He started his own label, Fernwood Records, and produced the Top Five hit ‘Tragedy’ by Thomas Wayne (1959).
    He also set up his own studio in Nashville, Music City Recorders (1966).
    He was one of the pioneers of rock guitar.
    Keith Richards said, ‘Everyone else wanted to be Elvis. I wanted to be Scotty.’

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