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The true life story of Elviss original guitarist, the masterful Scotty Moore When Elvis Presley first showed up at Sam Phillipss Memphis-based Sun Records studio, he was a shy teenager in search of a sound. Phillips invited a local guitarist namedMoreThe true life story of Elviss original guitarist, the masterful Scotty Moore When Elvis Presley first showed up at Sam Phillipss Memphis-based Sun Records studio, he was a shy teenager in search of a sound. Phillips invited a local guitarist named Scotty Moore to stand in. Scotty listened carefully to the young singer and immediately realized that Elvis had something special. Along with bass player Bill Black, the trio recorded an old blues number called Thats All Right, Mama. It turned out to be Elviss first single and the defining record of his early style, with a trilling guitar hook that swirled country and blues together and minted a sound with unforgettable appeal. Its success launched a whirlwind of touring, radio appearances, and Elviss first break into movies. Scotty was there every step of the way as both guitarist and manager, until Elviss new manager, Colonel Tom Parker, pushed him out. Scotty and Elvis would not perform together again until the classic 1968 comeback television special. Scotty never saw Elvis after that. With both Bill Black and Elvis gone, Scotty Moore is the only one left to tell the story of how Elvis and Scotty transformed popular music and how Scotty created the sound that became a prototype for so many rock guitarists to follow. Thoroughly updated, this edition delivers guitarist Scotty Moores story as never before. Scotty Moore, Nashville, Tennessee, is the sole survivor of the Sun Records sessions of July 1954 during which he, Elvis Presley, and Bill Black, with Sam Phillips at the engineering sound board, blended country and blues into a new art form that would shake up American culture for decades to come. James L. Dickerson, Jackson, Mississippi, is a freelance author and journalist who has published dozens of books.