They all seemed to be great to me, but I was interested in their differences, and the songs in which they were outstanding.
Well, Gary blew me away with his come-back. He went on to talk about Scotty Moore, Chet Atkins, Les Paul, James Burton, John Fogerty, Duane Eddy and Roy Buchanan. Here is Gary’s response…
Gary: “Well to me, the uneducated fan, they are three special guitar pickers….
I think that Scotty Moore is the most underrated and quietest lead guitarist in history. His style (almost Country) was the first I was exposed to with Elvis. Scotty played that great Gibson ES 295 and then the present Gibson L5 CES, which is called the guitar that changed the world. Unfortunately we lost Scotty June 28, 2016.
I own the DVD, but here is an mp3 of Paul McCartney, D.J. Fontana and Scotty Moore with “That’s all right Mama“.
I will also include my favourite Sun Recording, “Baby Let’s Play House“.
I bought two of his albums in the late fifties when he dabbled in Rock and Roll. (Chet recorded Boo Boo Stick Beat and Teensville in 1959; both charted).
But Chet ruled Nashville and was THE “Country Picker”. I think that Chet and Scotty are very similar.
Chet Atkins 1964 rare
Now prior to 1959, Chet played with Eddy Arnold and all of those Country guys, but in 1959 he made Toronto’s CHUM Chart with “Boo Boo Stick Beat” and that’s when Chet played Rock and Roll.
Chet Atkins – Medley
Now the Man who taught them all:
I really enjoyed this man immensely. He advanced the Electric Guitar more than anyone I know of. He was and is respected through the industry by anyone and everyone who understands and enjoys “Great” guitar playing.
There are so many great Les Paul songs, especially with Mary Ford, but a song I always like was “Nola”.
He is respected as the best man in the industry at “fills” or “solos”. We will now bring in Leo Fender’s product. I guess I really liked James best because he was the guitar player with Ricky Nelson.
James went on to play with Elvis, but my memories are of him with Rick. He also played on [the TV show] Shindig, with Elvis and John Denver, but the greatest show was the “Black and White Night” which he played with Roy Orbison, Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello and many others. I own the DVD.
Here is a video of a very young Burton with Ricky Nelson.
My Boy, James Burton, what can I say, but this is the song that John Forgerty listened to time after time. With Rick Nelson ” Waitin’ In School”.
I found this little solo all by itself, James doing Mystery Train.
James plays the Fender Telecaster!
Favourite Song: (I have a tendancy not to pick the extremely popular ones and this is no exception)
I guess one of the most underated of all guitar players is the Lengendary Duane Eddy.
He is very much like Scotty Moore, very quiet and just took care of business. Now, although he had two signature guitars built for him and sold by Guild, the first one I remember and it, to me, will always be his guitar, like the Chet Atkins Gretsch.
He played the melody on the bass strings and developed the “Twangy” sound.
Duane Songs, real easy…
“Moovin and Groovin”
“Forty Miles of Bad Road”
Now, whether you are aware of it or not, Duane is two years older than I am, so at the time of writing he is 73. My friend Don Gaudet, himself a guitar player (1958 Gibson), does not think Duane is much of a guitarist – Sorry Don, on this one I do not share your view.
[Duane Eddy may not have been a virtuoso, but he sure was creative, back then giving us a unique style of guitar playing; lots of thanks also should go to the inventors of the Tremolo electronic effect – RS]
Duane was a Fifties guy, so not much from the video side, but I found this one of “Rebel Rouser” on Hullabaloo
Duane Eddy / German TV 1975 /
BONUS – [Just for Gary – RS]