Scotty Moore, the pioneering rock guitarist who played on Hound Dog and other early Elvis Presley hits, has died at age 84.
Biographer and friend James L Dickerson says Scotty passed away Tuesday morning in his house in Nashville. James spoke with a family member of Scotty's long-time late companion, Gail Pollock, who had been staying with Scotty.
Scotty's slashing guitar style and Bill Black's hard-slapping work on a standup bass gave Elvis the foundation on which he developed his sound.
Sun records producer Sam Phillips paired Elvis with Scotty and Bill in 1954. They played on Elvis's first professional recording, That's All Right.
Celebrities have remembered him on Twitter:
Not many guitarists in R&R were as original & as inventive as Scotty Moore RIP https://t.co/ORkO1UO6or
-- Billy Idol (@BillyIdol) June 29, 2016
RIP Scotty Moore. You will be deeply missed. One thing's for sure... the King is rockin in Heaven tonight!!
-- Billy Ray Cyrus (@billyraycyrus) June 29, 2016
-- Sanjeev Bhaskar (@TVSanjeev) June 29, 2016
RIP Scotty Moore... The right hand man to The King! Have fun jamming together again!
-- Monte Pittman (@montepittman) June 29, 2016