Elvis Presley's guitarist Scotty Moore passed away yesterday due to currently unknown reasons. He was 84.
Scotty performed on a string of classic Elvis songs, including "Hound Dog," "Heartbreak Hotel," "Blue Suede Shoes," "Jailhouse Rock," and many more. He played with the man between 1954 and the beginning of Presley's Hollywood years.
The musician's death was confirmed to Rolling Stone by Karen Fontana, the wife of Presley drummer D.J. Fontana. The source also noted that Mr. Moore's health has been declining in recent months.
Sun Studio engineer Matt Ross-Spang said on Instagram: "We lost one of the finest people I have ever met today. I was lucky to call you a friend and I'm very glad I got to see you just a few days ago. The guitarist that changed the world ... especially mine; I hope you don't mind if I keep stealing your licks. Love you Scotty."
Scotty's unique style - crafted on a Gibson Super 400 - inspired a generation of musicians, including the one and only Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones.
Keef once said: "When I heard 'Heartbreak Hotel,' I knew what I wanted to do in life. It was as plain as day. All I wanted to do in the world was to be able to play and sound like that. Everyone else wanted to be Elvis, I wanted to be Scotty."