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Scotty and Elvis - Aboard the Mystery Train

Scotty and Elvis

Aboard the Mystery Train

By Scotty Moore
With James L. Dickerson
Series: American Made Music Series

Paperback : 9781617038181, 264 pages, 50 b&w photographs, June 2013
Hardcover : 9781617037917, 304 pages, 50 b&w photographs, June 2013

The true life story of Elvis’s original guitarist, the masterful Scotty Moore


When Elvis Presley first showed up at Sam Phillips's Memphis-based Sun Records studio, he was a shy teenager in search of a sound. Phillips invited a local guitarist named Scotty Moore to stand in. Scotty listened carefully to the young singer and immediately realized that Elvis had something special. Along with bass player Bill Black, the trio recorded an old blues number called “That's All Right, Mama.” It turned out to be Elvis's first single and the defining record of his early style, with a trilling guitar hook that swirled country and blues together and minted a sound with unforgettable appeal. Its success launched a whirlwind of touring, radio appearances, and Elvis's first break into movies. Scotty was there every step of the way as both guitarist and manager, until Elvis's new manager, Colonel Tom Parker, pushed him out. Scotty and Elvis would not perform together again until the classic 1968 “comeback” television special. Scotty never saw Elvis after that.

With both Bill Black and Elvis gone, Scotty Moore is the only one left to tell the story of how Elvis and Scotty transformed popular music and how Scotty created the sound that became a prototype for so many rock guitarists to follow. Thoroughly updated, this edition delivers guitarist Scotty Moore's story as never before.


"Scotty was the rock, sort of like the pope is the rock of the church. Knowing Elvis and Scotty the way I do, I can see why Elvis depended on him."

- Jerry Schilling

"Everyone else wanted to be Elvis--I wanted to be Scotty."

- Keith Richards

"Scotty was there from before the beginning. I learned so much that I never knew . . . great insight to the early years. One of the best books on Elvis I ever read."

- George Klein, Memphis radio and TV personality and host of The George Klein Show