2015: Performing in Alabama
When Elvis Presley connected with lead guitar man Scotty Moore and bass player Bill Black in the spring of 1954, they were three guys messing around, without any expectations. Moore and Black had day jobs and played in a Memphis country band on the side. And when Elvis's early Sun recordings started to sell, they had no drummer. When they joined the weekly Louisiana Hayride country music stage and radio show in Shreveport in the fall of 1954, they had no drummer.
My review of the just-released three-CD Elvis Presley box set: A Boy From Tupelo, chronicling his first four private recordings done at Sun, the complete Sun recordings, outtakes and a disc's worth of 1954-55 live performances taken from radio.
On July 28, Sony releases an unprecedented compilation of Elvis Presley's pre-stardom years (1953-55). A Boy From Tupelo - The Complete 1953-55 Recordings is a boxed package. The three-CD set begins with the four recordings a teenaged Elvis made at the Memphis Recording Service (part of Sun Records) for his personal use. The collection includes a large, lavishly illustrated 120 page book covering his 1954-55 schedule virtually day by day, with amazing photos of him at various Deep South venues with a few in color.
Scotty Moore and Elvis Presley are names forever joined in history, Scotty, Elvis's first guitarist, died yesterday at 84 in Nashville, where he'd resided for over half a century. From Presley's first Sun recordings in July 1954, until the singer entered the Army in 1958, and for a brief time after his 1960 discharge, Scotty's bopping, snarling and slashing guitar framed Elvis's vocals on everything from "That's All Right (Mama)" to "Hard Headed Woman" (from King Creole).