This has been a sad year. It seems that musical icon after musical icon have left us in just a short time. 2016, we’re barely half way through and it is already going to down in history as the year everyone’s favorite musicians have passed on. Today June 28 is the biggest in my opinion. Scotty Moore left us at the age of 84. I’ll keep this short and sweet. If I said everything I felt then I’ll just say almost what everyone else on Facebook and Instagram have already said. He is a legend. An inspiration. I almost didn’t want to post anything about it. I did not want to feel like I was going to exploit this moment. But at the same time the name of this is Rockabilly Nerd. To not post about someone who basically help invent this genre would be a slap in the face to someone that had not only influenced the rockin world but basically helped effect all of rock n roll over the years.
His work with Elvis is essential listening. If you get into the rockin world. You absolutely have to be aware of Mr Presley, Bill Black, and Scotty Moore. One regret is that I’ll never be able to shake his hand. Or see him live at least. I have a co-worker that is a huge fan of him. He frequently tells me of the time he got to see Scotty play with Lee Rocker of Stray Cats fame. And how when he was done playing that the crowd just kept chanting for more Scotty.
You know the butterfly effect right? (not just the movie). His influence is everywhere in rock music. If it weren’t for his Sun recordings then so many records wouldn’t have been made. Elvis wouldn’t have become the icon he became. That influence helped a snow ball effect that continues 62 years later.
I hope that he knows how much he is appreciated. Take this as a lesson. Make sure the artists that have effected your life knows that they are loved, admired and above all respected for their contributions. Thank you very much Scotty, you guys are now reunited and most likely the greatest house band in heaven right now.