When I received an email from my fellow Trekkers George Wang on the passing of Scotty Moore, it brought back lots of memories on our days in Singapore playing the Elvis music in the 60's before we had The Trekkers.
I would like to share my thoughts on Scotty Moore and how his music had inspired our band in later years. I am sure that your reader will have their own Elvis experience to share after reading this.
Who was Scotty Moore?
Scotty was not just central to Elvis's music, but was also a part of many of Elvis's early films like Loving You, G.I Blues, and King Creole. In the movie "Jailhouse Rock," starring Elvis, Scotty and his trio can be seen giving one of their best performances.
I have been an Elvis fan since the early 1960's. Watching Elvis movies at the Cathay or Alhambra was a favorite past time of mine. Like many people in those days, I did not appreciate the fullness of Scotty Moore's contribution to Elvis' sound.
Even though we had never performed on stage, we had great fun playing Elvis music and especially Hound Dog, Don't Be Cruel and Jailhouse Rock. Years later we found Israel playing bass with The Crescendos (Singapore 60's vocal group).
"We were getting ready to call it off, because, you know, we had to work the next day. The door to the control room was open about half way, and Elvis just started beating the snot out of his guitar—acting the fool and singing—and Bill grabbed his bass and started playing along with him. Sam poked his head out of the door—this was before mixing consoles had a talk back button—and he said, 'What are you guys doing? That sounds pretty good. Why don’t you keep doing it.' So I got my guitar, ran through it a couple of times, and that was it. That was the beginning of, how do you say it—all hell breaking loose!"
Images: from Personal Collection and Google as selected by Gann.
You Tube Videos: from Rolling Stone magazine.