Audio Interview (the early days)


Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley and Bill Black in Memphis - Sept. 9, 1954
Photo O. Walker

Amateur film from Lubbock, TX - April 29, 1955

In this interview Scotty is recorded talking about the very early days of meeting Elvis, recording and touring with the Blue Moon Boys.  The following audio files are in MP3 and Windows Media Audio 8 (WMA)  format to facilitate faster download times and require compatible players to enable you to listen.

Q: Scotty,  How did you start out playing with Elvis, where did you first meet him?
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Q: What was he like when you first saw him, how was he dressed?
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Q: What were you and Bill Black doing musically before the gig with Elvis?
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Q: What kind of jobs were you guys doing during the day, before you started doing it fulltime? 
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Q: Had Elvis done any recording before he recorded with you?
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Q: How long did it take after the first meeting before you met up again?
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Q: What was the first song you recorded together and how did you know which ones to do?
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Q: "That's Alright, Mama" was the song that pretty much changed history, how did you decide to pick that one?
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Q: When and what was next?  How did you decide what to follow up "That's Alright, Mama" with?
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Q: When you cut that first record you and Bill were still with the Starlite Wranglers.  How did Elvis fit in with that and where did he first perform?
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Q: When you started touring as the Blue Moon Boys where did you play?
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Q: How did you start getting dates outside of Memphis, who did the booking?
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Q: Elvis at that time was still pretty new to performing, compared to you and Bill.  What were those first shows like?
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Q: When and where were most of the venues you played early on?
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Q: You played a lot around Louisiana and Texas, why that area so much?
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Scotty with Bill Black's children and Bobbie's 53 Chevy
Photo Scotty Moore

Q :How did you guys get around to all these gigs?
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Bill Black, Jimmie Rodgers Snow and Elvis parade in Meridian, MS - May 26, 1955
Photo courtesy Jimmie Rodgers Snow

Q: What happened to that Pink Cadillac?
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Elvis' first Cadillac burned -  June 5, 1955
Photo by Shirley Searcy Delgado

Q: What happened when you played at the Grand Ol' Opry?
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Q: How did playing at the Hayride compare to the Opry?
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