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Scotty Moore, influential guitarist for Elvis Presley, dies at 84  
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Scotty Moore, a guitarist whose terse, bluesy licks on Elvis Presley€™s early hits virtually created the rockabilly guitar style and established the guitar as a lead instrument in rock €™n€™ roll, died on Tuesday at his home outside Nashville. In 1954, Mr. Moore was performing with a country group, Doug Poindexter and the Starlite Wranglers, and recording at Sun Records in Memphis when Sam Phillips, the label€™s owner, asked him to audition a young singer that his secretary kept mentioning. Bill Black, the bass player for the Starlite Wranglers, arrived soon after, and the three men began running through a random selection of songs. The next evening, at Sun Studio, the trio recorded an up-tempo version of €œThat€™s All Right,€ a blues song by Arthur Crudup, known as Big Boy, that Sun released with a rockabilly version of €œBlue Moon of Kentucky€ on the flip side. The record caught fire locally, and Presley was on his way, electrifying audiences with a new sound defined in large part by Mr. Moore, whose slashing chords, inserted like musical punctuation, and hard-driving solos inspired future rock guitarists around the world, including Keith Richards, George Harrison, Jeff Beck, Mark Knopfler and Chris Isaak. Mr. Moore and Black, joined by the drummer D.J. Fontana in 1955, recorded more than 300 songs with Presley for Sun and RCA, including €œHeartbreak Hotel,€ €œDon€™t Be Cruel€ and €œHound Dog.€ €œMoore€™s concise, aggressive runs mixed country picking and blues phrasing into a new instrumental language,€ Rolling Stone wrote in 2011, ranking Mr. Moore as No. 29 on its list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time. €œAll I can tell you is I just stole from every guitar player I heard over the years,€ Mr. Moore told the makers of the television documentary €œElvis Presley€ in 2001. When Presley went into the Army in 1958, Mr. Moore became a partner in Fernwood Records, which released a Top 10 hit in 1959, the teen tearjerker €œTragedy,€ by Thomas Wayne. For a time, he supervised operations at Sam Phillips€™ studios in Memphis and Nashville, but he was fired by Phillips in 1964 after he recorded €œThe Guitar That Changed the World,€ an album on the Epic label made up of instrumental versions of Presley hits. All told, Mr. Moore earned a little over $30,000 from his partnership with Presley, which came to an end after the 1968 special on NBC that reintroduced Presley to a new generation of listeners and revived his career.
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The Nooner for June 30th

 

Happy June 30! Today is the deadline for legislative measures to qualify for the November ballot, as well as the last day for proponents of qualified initiatives to withdraw them. It's also (likely) the last day of the legislative session until the Legislature reconvenes August 1.

THE READ DU JOUR: At the corner of power and poverty [Laurel Rosenhall @ CALmatters] - "Bridging these two worlds is Debbie Bartley, a 55-year-old grandmother who stands across the street selling Homeward, a newspaper produced by homeless people. She chats with the political staffers and lobbyists who give her a few dollars as they pass by. Then she buys food for people who sleep on these streets."

A few months ago, I was working at the tables outside of Chicory. I had ignored Bartley's "sales" pitch for years. Then, I watched as she tended to the down-trodden panhandling within the table area. "You can't do that in here," she said and escorted them out. I've always been a "I gave at the office" type of person, but her compassion for all involved made me want to buy as many papers from her as possible.

It's a strange day in the Capitol, with guns at the center, as parliamentary procedure rules take over in the debate over gun regulations, oddly with Republicans arguing in favor of Gavin Newsom's gun initiative.

 

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