Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley’s first guitarist, dies at 84

FILE - This April 30, 2003, file photo shows Scotty Moore, a former guitarist for Elvis Presley, playing music at the 2nd annual Ponderosa Stomp in New Orleans. Moore, the pioneering rock guitarist who played on "Hound Dog" and other early Elvis Presley hits, has died. He was 84. (AP Photo/Judi Bottoni, File)


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Scotty Moore, the pioneering rock guitarist who played on “Hound Dog” and other early Elvis Presley hits, has died. He was 84.

Biographer and friend James L. Dickerson says Moore passed away Tuesday morning in his house in Nashville. Dickerson spoke with a family member of Moore’s longtime companion, Gail Pollock, who had been staying in the house with Moore. Pollock died in November 2015.

Moore’s slashing guitar style and Bill Black’s hard-slapping work on a standup bass gave Presley the foundation on which he developed his sound.

Sun records producer Sam Phillips paired Presley with Moore and Black in 1954. They played on Presley’s first professional recording, “That’s All Right.”

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