Rolling Stone's Tribute To Scotty Moore

Former Rolling Stone guitarist Bill Wyman is enrolling his celebrity pals to create an all-star band and record a tribute to Elvis' guitarist Scotty Moore. He has invited Eric Clapton and Sir Paul McCartney to London's famous Abbey Road Studios on Thursday (2 Dec 2004) to lay down a range of songs for 72-year-old Moore. Wyman enthuses, "There's going to be me, Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton and a load of other guitarists all jamming together. "It's being filmed for television and also a DVD, the works. "I'm basically looking forward to sitting down to play with the other guys and seeing what he come up with. Scotty himself is flying over to take part too."
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Dr.Don (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 6, 2004report abuse
As a musician and guitar player myself I can say that scotty is the best of the pickers Elvis had,because of the simple fact he invented the lead and riffts he played on the spot. as I amire james burton and his style ( chicken picking) scotty didnt copy. he made that stuff up as they played as you can hear from the early out-takes...
Carl (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 4, 2004report abuse
Everyone is going to have their own personal favorite guitarist. In my opinion, James Burton did his really great guitar work and solos on the Ricky Nelson records. His work for Elvis was very good technically, but I don't think it was that great as rock and roll. Certainly, he did nothing like "Mystery Train" or "That's All Right" where Scotty invented rockabilly guitar. James Burton was influenced by Scotty as was everyone else. I just think Scotty's work was more important for creating the Elvis musical legacy. But James was obviously a great picker. "Suzie-Q" is still one of my all-time greatest guitar solos.
And of course, Hank Garland was great too. I like him on the Patsy Cline records and "Jingle Bell Rock". He had a clean and very jazz-like style, like Chet Atkins. I think "Big Hunk of Love" and "Little Sister" are his great solos. His work was a little crisper and cleaner than Scotty's. To each his own. Some people really liked Garland's work....and he is one of the greats....... But Scotty is seminal Elvis....Scotty did the Sun sides and almost all the 50s RCA sides... There are moments where Scotty falters a bit but I think overall he is the most important. I think Scotty is underrated because he created that rockabilly guitar sound that everybody copied who came after him including the Stones..... James Burton was the Las Vegas era guitar player so that tends to unfairly diminish his stature.....Burton is obviously the man in the 1970s....He was the best guitar player for that period in Elvis' career and James could play that thang.
But give Scotty his due....Remember when Elvis and Scotty reunited at the Comeback Special in 1968.....It was clear that Scotty was necessary to make the records like "Trying to Get to You" and "Heartbreak Hotel" come alive.....It was great when Scotty gave Elvis his electric guitar and Elvis began playing lead guitar. An unforgettable moment.....
Jim Semple (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 4, 2004report abuse
James Burton was good but not really great? That must be the funniest thing I have ever heard. James was and is an absolute million miles a better guitarist than Scotty and virtually everyone else in the business.
Carl (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 4, 2004report abuse
Everybody might not know who Scotty Moore is, but everybody knows his famous guitar solos because they are the most influential in rock and roll. It also insults the intelligence of fans. Granted fame is a whore and slut and is fickle and phony. But fans are not as stupid as people think. Look at the bum Garth Brooks. He was the most famous phony in the world at one time. People said he was bigger than Elvis.
Now Garth Brooks is flipping burgers at Mickey Ds. Fans are not always so stupid. They saw through that phony no-talent. With regard to Scotty Moore, he was always regarded as one of the greatest and most influential guitarists in rock and roll. And now he is honored by the best musicians in rock. What is so unusual about that? He is an unsung hero of rock and roll. But to the real fans, they always knew about the Scotty man. He was an essential part of the original Elvis sound.
dailyone (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 4, 2004report abuse
yes according to the dictionary elvis was a genius and a legend . scotty a genius me thinks not . only those in the elvis and guitarists and session studios would know who scotty was . but the world of people? no!
Carl (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 4, 2004report abuse
Speaking of guitarists, Elvis played some great lead guitar on some classic tracks too. Elvis played lead guitar on the no. 1 Christmas single "Blue Christmas", which is a classic. Elvis played lead guitar on "One Night", a no. 1 in the UK and a gold single. Elvis played lead on "Baby What You Want Me To Do" on the Comeback Special, a legendary performance. There is a lot of ignorance about Elvis as a guitar player. But Elvis had a distinctive and funky style...and sometimes it was powerful and memorable as n "One Night". Elvis rocks on that one! He is great on "Blue Christmas" too! It is different...but Elvis is rocking that lead guitar!
Yes Virginia, Elvis could play lead guitar when he wanted to. He didn't just hold the guitar as a prop! Unfortunately, there is a lot of stupidity about this. People just want to hang on to their stereotypes of Elvis as a moron and a clown who didn't know a note of music! It is a shame that people just think of Elvis as a singer. He was much more than that.
Carl (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 4, 2004report abuse
The top muscians have paid tribute to Elvis. Tony Bennett and Frank SInatra both recorded versions of Elvis' "Love Me Tender" (Scotty wasn't even on that one!). So did Percy Sledge and Linda Ronstadt and Richard Chamberlain. Paul McCartney recorded "All Shook Up", "I Got STung", "Party" with Pink Floyd's David Gulmour playing lead guitar. Ringo STarr recorded "Don't Be Cruel" and released it as a single. A few tyears ago, Paul McCartney recorded "That's All Right" which The Beatles also recorded for the BBC. Bob Dylan also did the Elvis version of that song for Columbia. Van Halen with David Lee Roth performed Heartbreak Hotel during the Diver Down Tour in 1983. Bruce Springsteen has recorded many Elvis songs, inclusing Heartbreak Hotel", "Follow that Dream", and others. Jimi Hendrix has recorded "Heartbreak Hotel", "Trouble", and Blue SUede Shoes" (found on the Gold Jimi album Midnight Lightning). Prince has performed "Teddy Bear" and Jailhouse Rock" in concert. James Brown did "Jailhouse Rock" in The Blues Brothers movie. Fats Domino recorded Heartbreak Hotel" which is on his greatest hits album. Jackie Wilson performed "Don't Be Cruel" in concert in the 1950s with Billy Ward and the Dominoes. Keith Richards has recorded "Don't Be Cruel". Buddy Holly recorded "Baby You're So Square". John Lennon did Elvis' "Hound Dog" in 1972 and has recorded "Don't Be Cruel" on home recordings.
The list is endless. It is quite clear that Elvis got his tributes...and then some.
I don't think you have to be a lead guitarist to appreciate Scotty's genius. A musician is a musican. A bass player can appreciate genius too. In my opinion, Scotty more was the best of the three Elvis guitarists. He was much better than Hank Garland who was more jazzy and pretentious. His only really good Elvis guitar jam is Little Sister". The rest from Garland is forgettable. James Burton did his best work with Ricky Nelson and on Dale Hawkin's "Suzie Q". His Elvis stuff is good but not really great. But Scotty defined the Elvis sound on "Mystery Train", "Baby Let's Play House", "That's All Right", "Jailhouse Rock", "Hound Dog", and "Heartbreak Hotel". No contest. Scotty is the winner. Scotty was the man. And he still is the man. Rock on, Scotty!
Timothy (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 3, 2004report abuse
Good initiative from Bill Wyman. Like many older musicians, Scotty is probably in dire straights. Besides the tribute, the money he will get will help him carry on. Which is good. I’ll be happy to buy the outcome of this session.
dailyone (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 3, 2004report abuse
the reason that they dont play a tribute to elvis because he was so good and also better than the rest . on scotty he was a bit overated , the other guitarists where a lot better . bill wyman was a bass guitarist . i cant understand where this came from ?
CD King (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 3, 2004report abuse
Can't wait to buy the DVD.
JC´ (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 2, 2004report abuse
Congratulations Scotty! this kind of things,help you to
keep going! Is a great honour for all Elvis fans and for you! I hope that everything sounds good! GoodLuck friend.
data (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 2, 2004report abuse
This is great news for Scotty,he deservses this tribute.
SendToTodd (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 2, 2004report abuse
I am so pleased for Scotty - such recognition by Britain's musical heirarchy is wonderful and well deserved. That said have you ever wondered why the world's musical elite don't rally around to pay tribute to Elvis' legacy? And that's a serious question because it doesn't happen. Apart from the odd sound-bite there's nothing.

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