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Scotty Moore

1931

Winfield Scott Moore is born in Gadsden, Tennessee.

1954

The Starlite Wranglers, a country dance band that includes Scotty Moore on guitar and Bill Black on standup bass, records a single ("My Kind of Carryin’ On") for Sun Records.

1954

Rock and roll history is made when Elvis Presley, Scotty Moore and Bill Black spontaneously perform bluesman Arthur “Big Boy” Cruddup’s “That’s All Right” in romping, uptempo style. The next day, bluegrass pioneer Bill Monroe’s “Blue Moon of Kentucky” is given a similarly playful treatment.

1954

Scotty Moore becomes Elvis Presley’s first manager with the signing of a contract that also bore the signatures of Elvis’s parents.

1954

Sun releases “That’s All Right” and “Blue Moon of Kentucky” by Elvis Presley, backed by guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black.

1958

Scotty Moore and Bill Black leave Presley in a dispute over money. Moore releases a single ("Have Guitar Will Travel"), credited to the Scotty Moore Trio.

1959

Thomas Wayne’s “Tragedy,” a million-seller released on Scotty Moore’s Fernwood label, reaches #5. Moore is featured on guitar and production.

1965

Scotty Moore releases his only solo album, The Guitar That Changed the World, on Epic Records.

1968

Moore and drummer D.J. Fontana reunite onstage with Elvis Presley for the informal sit-down jam session that was a highlight of Presley’s celebrated “comeback special.”

2000

Scotty Moore is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the fifteenth annual induction dinner. Mike Leiber and Jerry Stoller are his presenters.

2000

‘All the King’s Men’ is released on Sweetfish Records. It features Scotty Moore and D.J. Fontana joined by an array of guests including Keith Richards, the Band, Cheap Trick, Ron Wood and Jeff Beck.