Winfield Scott “Scotty” Moore III is an American guitarist and recording engineer. He is best known for his backing of Elvis Presley in the first part of his career, between 1954 and the beginning of Elvis’ Hollywood years.(Wikipedia)

In December of 2004 several of the UK’s leading musicians gathered at Abbey Road studios in London to participate and pay tribute to Scotty Moore.  Conceived earlier that year the objective was to invite many of England’s rock performers and Scotty’s friends that had been weaned on and inspired by the music he had recorded with Elvis.

The event was scheduled for 3 days and performances were filmed before a live studio audience of invited guests.   Bill Wyman, most widely known as the original bassist for the Rolling Stones, along with his Rhythm Kings served as the anchor band for many of the songs performed with appearances by several guest artists. In addition, several of Scotty’s UK band mates from the Grundy/Pritchard band were on hand to play.

Two of the invited guests who performed were Mark Knopfler and Eric Clapton.  Mark, formerly of Dire Straits has been a fan and friend of Scotty’s since he recorded an album in Nashville with Chet Atkins in 1989.  At the time he told Chet that he had always wanted to meet Scotty so Chet brought him by.  They’ve been friends since.  Mark performed “Blue Moon of Kentucky” and “Baby Let’s Play House” and in almost a nod to Scotty used an early ’50s Super 400 similar to the one Scotty had played with Elvis.  He noted too after the performance that the song traditionally should have also been performed with an upright bass.  (LINK)

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