Scotty Moore, one of the foundational figures in rock and roll, a profoundly influential guitarist, and the man who helped Elvis Presley become the king, died Tuesday.
Moore, who had been in poor health in recent months, died in his longtime home of Nashville. He was 84.
News of Moore's death was confirmed by several sources, including Moore's friend and Phillips Recording Service engineer Matt Ross-Spang.
Along with bassist Bill Black, Moore was a member of Elvis' original band, the Blue Moon Boys, playing on the singer's epochal Sun Records sides, and continuing to work with Presley into his career with RCA.
Moore — a longtime member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame — was elected to the Memphis Music hall of Fame last November. Though he was unable to attend due to his health, Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards accepted the award on his behalf.
Richards praised Moore's influence on his career and those of so many other guitarists. "I started out on an acoustic guitar, then I heard Scotty Moore and I went electric. He opened up avenues musically in the way he worked with (bassist) Bill Black, and Elvis, of course. That was the kick-off for me and a lot of guys."
Services for Moore will be Thursday in his hometown of Humboldt, Tennessee.