Hopefully, most Elvis fans also have a warm spot in their hearts for his original guitar player, Scotty Moore. For those of us who do, there is a very special treat coming up later this year. How does this sound? A ninety-minute TV special titled “The Guitar That Rocked The World,” featuring Scotty and a roster of British guitar heroes playing two dozen of Elvis’ biggests hits.
Last December, Scotty and his musical director, Steve Shepherd, traveled to London for a three-day recording session at the legendary Abbey Road Studio. The stellar line-up of other pickers includes Eric Clapton, Mark Knoffler of Dire Straights, David Gilmore of Pink Floyd, Bill Wyman and Ron Wood of the Rolling Stones, and many more.
The producer conducted hours of interviews with these musicians, which will be condensed down for use in the special. The overriding theme they reveal is the admiration and respect these guitar players have for Scotty Moore, a genuine rock pioneer. Just as Elvis was the inspiration for many singers who followed, dozens of American and British guitarists have cited Scotty as their first role model. More news as it become available.
© 2005 Philip R Arnold