Bill Black

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William Patton Black Jr. (September 17, 1926 – October 21, 1965) was an American musician and bandleader who is noted as one of the pioneers of rock and roll.wikipedia
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Elvis Presley

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He was the bassist in Elvis Presley's early trio.
Presley, on rhythm acoustic guitar, and accompanied by lead guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black, was a pioneer of rockabilly, an uptempo, backbeat-driven fusion of country music and rhythm and blues.

Slapping (music)

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He began playing the upright bass fiddle, modeling his "slap bass" technique after one of his idols, Fred Maddox, of Maddox Brothers and Rose.
Bill Black, who played with Elvis Presley and Scotty Moore was a well-known slap bass player The technique inspired the George and Ira Gershwin song "Slap That Bass".

Scotty Moore

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In 1952, Black began playing in clubs and on radio shows with the guitarist Scotty Moore.
The trio was completed with the bass player Bill Black, who brought a "rhythmic propulsion" that much pleased Phillips.

Doug Poindexter

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Along with two other guitarists and a fiddler, they performed country music tunes by Hank Williams and Red Foley in Doug Poindexter's band, the Starlight Wranglers.
Members of his band included Scotty Moore and Bill Black, before they started playing with Elvis Presley.

Johnny Burnette

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Black and Moore also played in a band with Paul Burlison, Johnny Burnette, Dorsey Burnette on steel guitar, and a drummer.
Johnny Black, the brother of Elvis's bassist Bill Black, was rapidly recruited to fill Dorsey's place.

Memphis, Tennessee

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Black was born in Memphis, Tennessee, to a motorman for the Memphis Street Railway Co.
Elvis Presley was originally buried in Forest Hill Cemetery, the resting place of his backing band's bassist, Bill Black.

Fender Precision Bass

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Black played on early Presley recordings including "Good Rockin' Tonight", "Heartbreak Hotel", "Baby Let's Play House", "Mystery Train", "That's All Right", and "Hound Dog", and eventually became one of the first bass players to use the Fender Precision Bass (bass guitar) in popular music, on "Jailhouse Rock", in the late 1950s.
Acceptance of the electric bass was helped by the endorsement of Elvis Presley's bass-player Bill Black.

Heartbreak Hotel

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Black played on early Presley recordings including "Good Rockin' Tonight", "Heartbreak Hotel", "Baby Let's Play House", "Mystery Train", "That's All Right", and "Hound Dog", and eventually became one of the first bass players to use the Fender Precision Bass (bass guitar) in popular music, on "Jailhouse Rock", in the late 1950s.
As well as the Blue Moon Boys, his regular backing band of Moore, bassist Bill Black and drummer D.J. Fontana, Presley was joined by established RCA Victor musicians Chet Atkins (who also helped Sholes produce the session) on guitar, and Floyd Cramer on piano.

William Martin Willis

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The lineup was Black (bass), Joe Lewis Hall (piano), Reggie Young (guitar), Martin Willis (saxophone), and Jerry Arnold (drums).
Throughout his career, Willis traveled and recorded with several musicians, including Conway Twitty, Charlie Rich, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Billy Lee Riley, Eddie Cash, Johnny Bernero, Narvel Felts, Roland Janes, Barbara Pittman, and the Bill Black Combo.

Blue Moon of Kentucky

The next day, the group recorded four more songs, including “Blue Moon of Kentucky," by the bluegrass musician Bill Monroe, which he had written and recorded as a slow waltz. Sources credit Black with initiating the song, with Presley and Moore joining in. Moore said, "Bill is the one who came up with "Blue Moon of Kentucky."
The search for another song to release along with "That's All Right" at Sun Records in July 1954 led to "Blue Moon of Kentucky" via Bill Black.

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Black, Moore and the drummer D. J. Fontana toured extensively during Presley's early career.
The band included Scotty Moore (lead guitar), Bill Black (bass), and Elvis Presley (rhythm guitar).

Paul Burlison

Black and Moore also played in a band with Paul Burlison, Johnny Burnette, Dorsey Burnette on steel guitar, and a drummer.
He was rapidly replaced by Johnny Black, the brother of Elvis's bassist Bill Black.

Ace Cannon

On sax, Ace Cannon took over touring duties from Willis who remained in Memphis for the studio work and movie appearances.
He played and toured with Hi Records stablemate Bill Black's Combo, and started a solo career with his record "Tuff" in 1961, using the Black combo as his backing group.

Mystery Train

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Black played on early Presley recordings including "Good Rockin' Tonight", "Heartbreak Hotel", "Baby Let's Play House", "Mystery Train", "That's All Right", and "Hound Dog", and eventually became one of the first bass players to use the Fender Precision Bass (bass guitar) in popular music, on "Jailhouse Rock", in the late 1950s.
Sam Phillips at Sun Studios again produced the recording, and featured Presley on vocals and rhythm guitar, Scotty Moore on lead guitar, and Bill Black on bass.

Louisiana Hayride

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Over the next 15 months, the trio released five singles, toured across the South, and appeared regularly on the Louisiana Hayride.

Hi Records

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The band released blues instrumental "Smokie" for Hi Records in December 1959.
Hi Records' first big hit was "Smokie Part 2", an instrumental by Bill Black's Combo in 1959.

That's All Right

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Black played on early Presley recordings including "Good Rockin' Tonight", "Heartbreak Hotel", "Baby Let's Play House", "Mystery Train", "That's All Right", and "Hound Dog", and eventually became one of the first bass players to use the Fender Precision Bass (bass guitar) in popular music, on "Jailhouse Rock", in the late 1950s. During the break, Presley began "acting the fool" with Arthur Crudup's "That's All Right (Mama)," a blues song.
The label reads "That's All Right" (omitting "Mama" from the original title), and names the performers as Elvis Presley, Scotty and Bill.

Reggie Young

The lineup was Black (bass), Joe Lewis Hall (piano), Reggie Young (guitar), Martin Willis (saxophone), and Jerry Arnold (drums).
He was an original member of Bill Black's Combo, which had several instrumental hits in the U.S. in 1959 and the early '60s, the most successful being "Smokie, Pts. 1 & 2", "White Silver Sands," and an instrumental version of "Don't Be Cruel," released on Hi Records.

Billy Swan

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The studio recorded many Bill Black Combo albums (with billings such as "The Best Honky Tonk Band in America" and "The band who opened for the Beatles") and produced number-one country hits for Charly McClain, T.G. Shepard, Billy Swan and others.
His first big break was in 1962 when Clyde McPhatter recorded "Lover Please", a song written by Swan when he was in a local band called Mirt Mirly & the Rhythm Steppers who had first recorded the song on Bill Black's Louis label.

Hound Dog (song)

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Black played on early Presley recordings including "Good Rockin' Tonight", "Heartbreak Hotel", "Baby Let's Play House", "Mystery Train", "That's All Right", and "Hound Dog", and eventually became one of the first bass players to use the Fender Precision Bass (bass guitar) in popular music, on "Jailhouse Rock", in the late 1950s.
For 7 hours from 2.00pm on July 2, 1956, the day after the Steve Allen Show performance, Presley recorded "Hound Dog" along with "Don't Be Cruel" and "Any Way You Want Me" for RCA Victor at RCA's New York City studio with his regular band of Scotty Moore on lead guitar, Bill Black on bass, D. J. Fontana on drums, and backing vocals from the Jordanaires.

Smokie, Part 2

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"Smokie, Part 2" is a 1959 instrumental by Bill Black's Combo.

Double bass

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He began playing the upright bass fiddle, modeling his "slap bass" technique after one of his idols, Fred Maddox, of Maddox Brothers and Rose.
Well-known rockabilly bassists include Bill Black, Marshall Lytle (with Bill Haley & His Comets) and Lee Rocker (with 1980s-era rockabilly revivalists the Stray Cats).

Bobby Emmons

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Carl McVoy replaced Hall in the studio, while Bobby Emmons replaced him on tour.
In 1960 he joined Bill Black's band and toured widely with Black, both nationally in the US and internationally.

Real Love (Beatles song)

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In 1995, he played it on "Real Love", the last "new" Beatles record (one of two in which McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr overdubbed a full arrangement onto a John Lennon home recording from the late 1970s).
Added to the demo were the sounds of a double bass (originally owned by Elvis Presley's bassist, Bill Black), Fender Jazz bass guitar, a couple of Fender Stratocaster guitars, one of which was Harrison's psychedelically-painted "Rocky" Strat (as seen in the "I Am the Walrus" video), as well as a Ludwig drum kit.

Don't Be Cruel

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The song featured Presley's regular band of Scotty Moore on lead guitar (with Presley usually providing rhythm guitar), Bill Black on bass, D. J. Fontana on drums, and backing vocals from the Jordanaires.