#1081: 1957, Elvis Presley, Jailhouse Rock

by George_East on July 7, 2016

A couple of reasons for my pick today.  Firstly I went to see Elvis & Nixon with Jackie South last Sunday.  A small but entertaining enough film (with a superb performance by Kevin Spacey as Richard Nixon) about the bizarre true story of the King of Rock N Roll turning up announced at the White House and asking to be made a ‘federal agent at large’ so he could go under cover and spy on hippies and anti-war protestors.

But secondly and most importantly to mark the death of the great guitarist Scotty Moore, who played on most songs from Elvis’ golden period at Sun and at RCA before he went into the Army.     Jailhouse Rock has a simple but famously infectious walking guitar part and that middle 8 solo – it is what Scotty Moore did, an essential part of what made early Presley songs devastating to what had become before and ensured that popular music would never be the same again.

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