Legendary guitarist Scotty Moore was in serious but stable condition today (Dec. 12) following brain surgery, hospital officials in Nashville said.
Legendary guitarist Scotty Moore was in serious but stable condition today (Dec. 12) following brain surgery, hospital officials in Nashville said. Moore, 71, was admitted to Baptist Hospital last week after doctors found he had a subdural hematoma, said his longtime companion, Gail Pollock.
"I emphasize that he has no blood nor damage inside his brain," Pollock said in a statement posted on Moore's official Web site. "He had a bleed between his skull and the sac which contains the brain which was putting pressure on his brain.
"The result was temporary impairment to his right hand, his right leg, and slowness, but no slurring of his speech." Pollock said the surgery was successful and doctors believe he'll be able to continue to play guitar after some physical therapy.
Moore gained notoriety in the early days of rock'n'roll for teaming with Presley and bassist Bill Black to record "That's All Right (Mama)" for Sun Records in Memphis. Moore and Black played with Presley from 1954 to 1958, and Moore continued with Presley until 1968. The guitarist was elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000.
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