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Bill Black

Induction category: Sideman


Bill Black (bass; born September 17, 1926, died October 21, 1965) Bill Black was a participant in a major event in the evolution of rock and roll: the recording of Elvis Presley’s first single for Sun Records on July 5, 1954. On that day, Presley – along with bassist Black, guitarist Scotty Moore – spontaneously broke into a rocking arrangement for “That’s All Right,” a blues song by Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup. Black slapped the bass strings, providing the rhythm to go along with the blues, and the chemistry between the three musicians helped launch Presley’s career and the rock ...

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