Hi, everyone, this is Gail. We have not been in touch in a while. Scotty has had a rather slow winter healthwise. He has not been ill, but he has been just cold and slow and
not very interested in stuff in general, but Spring is coming and he is getting better already. He has been working on a blues project which we had mentioned earlier with Billy Swan, Boots Randolph, Bob Moore, Buddy Spicher,
Bucky Barrett, Steve Shepherd, and Fred Satterfield. Scotty has been doing the recording and these guys have been making the music. They have 14 tracks finsihed and now have been offered a deal where they are to record parts of this and also some other material for a DVD to be
shot live at Ground Zero in Clarksdale, MS, on April 15. I
realize this is the night before Easter and the club holds
250 people, but we are trying to get a big enough crowd for
the guys to play and record the entire DVD in one night.
The tickets will be $25.00 (I think) and the entire show will be starring the above group. The DVD will be distributed first in Europe, where there is more of a market for this material, and also will be offered to the PBS stations and some cable channels that offer this music.
You just don't know how good this stuff sounds!! These are a group of mastet musicians who have worked together for years, and they are so comfortable with each other that
the music just flows out of them! I have had such a great
time listening to the recording, and my one copy that Scotty gave me is not in sequence or clean-edited, but I love every bit of it, even the count-downs on the front of each take! They have selected old classic blues songs and
done them in the way they want.....they have all written their own arrangements on the fly just as Elvis, Scotty, and Bill did on their early recordings before management stepped in and ruined their sound. You can not only hear
great music, you can hear these guys having a good time. I'll be really glad if the companies which will be distributing the DVD will also want to distribute the studio CD, because this music is great and it will go on
forever. Anyway, that's what's been going on with us and
we hope to see at least a couple of hundred of you guys in
Clarksdale at Ground Zero on April 15. Incidentally, one of the owners of the club is Morgan Freeman, one of my favorite actors. Don't know if he will be there for the taping, but I sure hope so....I'd like to tell him how much
I admire him and his work.
Thanks for all your prayers and good thoughts....he's getting older (74 now), but he's still hanging in there!
USA - Monday, February 27, 2006 at 19:47:09 (PST)
Hi, guys, so sorry I have not been in contact for a while. We have been running here and there and I just have
neglected my duty.
Scotty is doing very well, all except that right thumb with the arthritis. He has been working on a new project that is taking quite a bit of time, but is well worth it and he's looking forward to getting this stuff done. He is producing and engineering an album of classic blues favorites with our dear friends as the musicians. The singer is Billy Swan, and he sounds so great! He sounds more like 19 years that the early 60's that he really is. The sax is by Boots Randolph (of course!). He's just the best. He's 78, sounds better than anyone I have ever heard on sax (sorry, Ace!). The bass is our big old buddy
Bob Moore, who replaced Bill Black on the Elvis sessions
after Billy left and started the Bill Black Combo. He also
played on more number ones and country music hits than anyone else I have ever heard of. He and Scotty have called themselves the Moore Boys for many years, and they
still hang in there together. He plays his old upright bass, which is how a bass should be played. The guitarist
is Bucky Barrett, Orbison's last lead guitar and also our
friend of many years. Bucky and his fiancee went with us
on our last European trip and were married in Stockholm. I
am working on that page for Jim, and that story along with
pictures will be posted shortly. The fiddle player is Buddy Spicher, and Scotty has long held him as the best fiddler in Nashville.....that's saying a lot! We're the capital of country music, after all! The keyboard player is our sweet Steve Shepherd, still our best friend and Scotty's right hand. The drummer is Fred Satterfield, who
has been on almost every song cut at Scotty's studio. He's
so good! Anyway, they have recorded about 10 songs, and they have one more session set before putting this together. We are going to try to get this on a label, as it is too good not to be heard. They are doing good old stuff like "She Called Me Baby All Night Long", "My Babe",
"What Am I Living For", "Got My Mojo Working", and just a
whole lot of great songs, done by great musicians. Scotty
is loving it, and I get to cook for them! That means I can
hear it being played, even before anyone else but the guys
hear it. We have confirmed that Scotty will be playing at
the Ponderosa Stomp again this year. The dates are May 9-10, and this year it will be in Memphis instead of in New
Orleans. It will be a fund-raiser to help the musicians of
New Orleans who have been flooded out of their homes and jobs. although this is not till May, there will still be a
great need for help there for a long time to come, and Dr.
Ira Padnos, who puts this on, knows the guys personally and
knows how to do the most good with the money raised. He lives there and is in process of rebuilding his own home which was not flooded but had roof, wall and water damage.
We are working on getting Scotty's wonderful English band
(Pete Pritchard, Liam Grundy, Dave Briggs, Jimmy Russell,
and singer Paul Ansell) over here for the shows.....we hope
that works! Will let you know. Incidentally, in UK and
Europe and also on Amazon, Scotty's DVD called "A Tribute To The King" which was done at Abbey Rd. Studio in London
in December 2004, is now on sale. It is to be released here in the US also, but so far has not been made public.
The English band is all over it! They work with Scotty in
addition to Eric Clapton (Pete and Steve), Ron Woods, Albert Lee, and several other artists who were on the DVD.
They also did five or six songs just as our group only, and
Paul Ansell sang in front of the Bill Wyman band on a few songs. Our guys are great! Watch for them if you get to see the DVD. Well, that's all the news for now. We hope
that you all are looking forward to being with friends and
family for Christmas, and we hope you have a wonderful holiday, wherever you are!
USA - Friday, December 09, 2005 at 16:30:26 (PST)
Hi, everyone this is Gail. We will be leaving for the Norway, Stockholm, and London shows soon. Please note that
the new CD is now on sale.
Since we will be gone for some time, any order received by July 25 will be shipped before we leave..this includes CD's, pictures, books, prints and picks. Any order received after July 25 will be shipped the last week of August. My favorite CD has always been "Moore Feel Good Music", but this one is gaining on it! There's some really fun stuff on this one, and it covers more than 45 years of Scotty's career.
He's doing well, looking forward to our trip. Hope to see
lots of you at the shows he's doing... best, gail
USA - Saturday, July 16, 2005 at 22:25:53 (PDT)
Hello, everyone, this is just a note to tell all our friends in the UK how sad and horrified both Scotty and I
are feeling about the terrible bombing in London. As you might know, we love that city and our dear band who live there, and in addition we have visited there so often that it's like second home. Our people there have done nothing to deserve this, and we are so sorry that they have to go
through this. There was a great quote in the Nashville
Tennessean newspaper today, just showing everyone how the
great Brits look at this mess. It quotes Winston Churchill
(rememember, they went through worse than this in WWII)-he
said, "You do your worst and we will do our best." Isn't that great? And also I had a note from our dear Pete Pritchard about the situation. He said, "I blame the French, they are mad because we got the Olympics." How's that for our friend's best go-to-hell shot at the people who are trying to imtimidate the British? I love you, guys, and we will be over there in August to try to drink
these guys under the table!
Love, gail and scotty
USA - Saturday, July 09, 2005 at 20:06:51 (PDT)
Hi, everyone, this is Gail. I have some great news about Scotty! He went for his last checkup last week, and the doctor told him that he's in the best shape he's been in for the last six years. And also, he said he did not know how it happened, but Scotty seems to have whipped his diabetes! He says it normally gets worse as you get older,
but in Scotty's case, his blood sugar has been normal for a
year, with only two pills a week to maintain the condition,
and he has been eating what he likes, not necessarily what
he's supposed to do! Isn't that wonderful?
We are still in process of getting ready for our European trip. Have been sending material to the promoters and speaking to Pete Pritchard regularly as he acts as the tour
manager and co-ordinates the stuff between our English guys
and the respective promoters.
We have had more company visit lately. Patsy Andersen, our
good friend from Memphis, was here for a few days in early
June. She was with Elvis Presley Enterprises for many years and now has her own company, My Celebrity, for promoting fan clubs and publicity for various artists. She
was here during Fan Fair (or whatever the name was changed
to) to contact some people. She stayed with me and we went
over to Scotty's house several times. He loves her..and so do I!
Last week I was visited by the cutest little person I know.. her name is Shmuela Padnos, and we call her Porkchop
because that's the name given to her by her dear friend, Paul Burlison. She's the wife of Dr. Ira Padnos, who puts on the Ponderosa Stomp in New Orleans each year. She has been in the Nashville area going to the Mark O'Connor violin camp that has just finished at Montgomery Bell State
Park last week. She also stayed with me. She is an artist
and we went down to the show at the Frist Museum here in town and she was floored to see two paintings on display of
two of her favorite Renaissance painters. She said that
Ira could not believe that those painting were showing in
Nashville, of all places! See, we're not total hillbillies! Anyway, we loved having Sam (another nickname
-she has lots of them). And we are hoping to go back to the Stomp next year.
Watch for the new cd on the order page. I sent the new stuff to Jim a few days ago, and the new CD was a long wait, but I love it! It's right up there with my all time
favorite album, "Moore Feel Good Music".
Thanks for everyone's prayers for Scotty....keep up the good work....you've helped make him better than he has been in six years!
USA - Wednesday, June 29, 2005 at 11:15:10 (PDT)
Sorry I haven't been in touch for a while. We have been
busy. But I want to tell everyone that Scotty is fine, and
is looking forward to the shows in Europe in August. WE need everyone who is going to the Stockholm shows to go ahead and contact ticnet.se for their tickets, as the second show on the 10th will be cancelled unless they have a good sale on the first show on the 9th. Their deadline is June 15, so if you have plans to come, check on the ticnet.se line and see what's available. I'm really looking forward to those shows. They are to be in the Rival Hotel, which is connected with the group ABBA, of whom both of us have been fans for years. I also have never been to Stockholm and as usual am looking forward to
seeing some of your area there. (i'm the group tourist!)
Miro Simic, who is putting on the show there, is sending
some photos for the scrapbook and I'm writing up a piece
about his and Oddweig (his wife)'s visit to my home last
month and the wonderful time we had with a little jam session at Scotty's.
We are both very excited about our trip to Europe in August. We will be in several different locations and also
will be visiting friends in each place. Vidar will be in
Norway, and we always love to be with that big ol' bear! He's just always laughing, you cannot be with him without having a good time. And the last time we were in Notodden,
we had a great time. We will also be seeing Oddvar again.
He put on Scotty's first shows in Norway, and we saw him
when we were there four years ago. He has already said that he will be there. And also Olav and Torill. Scotty
loves to hear her sing.
In Stockholm we will also be seeing Ake Flodin, who has been a good friend for years and has several times visited
us in Nashville and at Scotty's home. In addition, we hope
to be doing some sightseeing with Miro and Oddweig if we have time.
Of course in London that's like going home. We have Scotty's band and their ladies, and of course my Stella,
Pete's wife and my near-sister. And I spoke to Karen McBride our friend from Manchester today. She is the one
who made that great black-and-white photo of Scotty in Liverpool. She is coming down to London while we are there
and also her friend Jenny who wrote an article for Guitar
Magazine about Scotty a while back. She and Jenny are going to be there and hopefull Jenny will review at least one of the shows at the Jazz Club August 15 and 16 for the
magazine. The first article was great!
Our good buddy Jacques Vroom will be going over to London to be with us for Pete's birthday party and also the shows.
He is going to actually stay with us for five days! We are
truly looking forward to having some time to spend with Jacques. He is always on the go, and we just see him in
passing most of the time. Also, my daughter Margi is going
to go for Pete's party. She has become friends with Stella
and Pete when they are in Nashville, and she is having a
birthday during that time also, so we are taking her to dinner at a little Greek restaurant on her birthday. We have been to the restaurant before and we love it. Stella,
who was born in Crete, says that the food is really Greek,
so we are taking Margi and wishing her a happy birthday when she is there.
We will be getting the printed material (FINALLY!) on the
new CD and will have it up for sale in about a week. Look
for it. As soon as I get something on it, I'll send it right to Jim for posting.
This is a lot of info for today, but we haven't been in
touch for a while. Scotty is doing well. Continue to wish
USA - Sunday, June 05, 2005 at 12:11:25 (PDT)
Hi, everyone, this is Gail. Scotty is doing well. He was
visited yesterday by our friend Bucky Barrett (he's the very good-looking guitar player behind Roy Orbison in the
Austin City Limits show). Bucky had Scotty doing some little overdub things on an album he is preparing. Scotty
was doing bell-tones on "Jingle Bells" when I left. He was
having a good time with Bucky.
I want you all to look at the new piece Jim Roy has posted
on the props for the new Elvis movie. Jim, you can fill in
the name and the section on the website. He has done such
a great job of consolidating the info on Scotty's Elvis's
Bill's and DJ's instruments and equipment that he has become the authority on the subject! Isn't that great? He
works so hard on this site, so everyone just stop and look
at this and say, "Thanks, Jim"!
We are looking forward to the trip to New Orleans in April.
Billy Swan and a friend of his will be traveling down with
us in the big Explorer that Ronnie McDowell and his friends
and fans gave Scotty last August....that's on the Scrapbook. We are looking forward to going down, and Scotty will be playing with Billy, Deke Dickerson's band,
and our friend Steve Shepherd on the show April 26 (Tues.)
Just a note to say thanks to all and to say he's doing well! Thanks, Gail
Nashville, TN USA - Friday, April 01, 2005 at 19:01:46 (PST)
Hello, this is Gail. Sorry that my email box has been filled. If you have sent an order and received it back, it
was because I have been away due to a death in my family. My dear cousin, Danny Brown, died in Atlanta last week. I
was away for several days and my box filled up, mostly with
spam, but it would not accept several messages. If you have a question or an order which was returned, please send
it back. I have deleted lots of stuff and now have plenty
Scotty is doing well. He went for a checkup last week and
was told that he is doing fine, no need to come back for 90
We have had requests for a number of interviews when Scotty
is in New Orleans late in April. We will not be there for
very long, probably only two days, which will have rehearsals and a show, so he probably will not have time to
grant any interviews while we are there. Sorry, but he just has no extra time on this trip.
Billy Swan will be accompanying us to New Orleans, and also
Steve and Ella Shepherd will be going separately, so we will have pictures and a report after the trip. Last year
we were not there. Scotty had just returned from England
and his 14 show tour and was too tired to make it, but this
year we plan to go and have a good time.
Thanks for all your interest in Scotty's stuff. I will try
to write more for the guest book and the scrap book in the
God bless, Gail
USA - Monday, March 21, 2005 at 18:49:46 (PST)
Hi, I just wanted to let everyone know that Scotty is fine. Our friend
Lew Skinner emailed us that he read in the March 9 Issue of Acoustic Guitar
magazine about the tribute to the "late" Scotty Moore filmed in London last
December. It's a misprint on the magazine's part and in case you
wondered he is fine. We plan to have more info on that session at Abbey
Road last year up eventually but it will have to wait for the moment.
Thanks for the heads up Lew.
Scan from Page 22 of Acoustic Guitar March 9
USA - Thursday, March 17, 2005 at 07:45:00 (PST)
Hi, everyone, due to the facts that I don't know what I'm doing on a computer
and that I've changed my service, I have not had access to this site for a
while. Scotty is doing well. He's got the music finished for the new CD, we are
just doing the sequencing and label copy now. It's a killer....if you liked "Moore
Feel Good" you'll love this! We hope to have it for sale shortly. Also, we
have some new pictures ordered. As soon as we get them in, they will be posted
also. There is something new in Nashville these days....our friend
Nick Nixon has a little set every Wednesday
night at the Gibson Showcase in
Mall called "Nick Nixon's Blues Jam". We went to the first one, and it was
really a blast. Nick and his group (which includes our good friend Steve
Shepherd on keyboards) open the show with a few numbers, then anyone who wants
to sign up at the beginning of the evening can come up and jam with the guys.
They can play individually with the group, sing, or bring their own guys. The
only rule is that it has to be blues. Scotty and I love it! I expect we'll be
out there often. As many of you noticed on the site, Ella Shepherd's mother died
recently. She wants you to know that she appreciates all the people from the
guest book who sent their condolences. And this week, her best friend and our
good friend, DJ Gross, also lost her mother. DJ is the one in the pink shirt
fanning Scotty in the Scrapbook article on the Feel
Good Mafia. So now we are crying with DJ. Scotty has not been playing shows
lately...he had some trouble with the thumbs again, but we hope it will get
better as the weather warms up....we are going to be at the
Ponderosa Stomp again in New Orleans on April 26.
We are looking forward to that.....Ira and PorkChop always put on a fun time for
all. If you haven't been to that, and you can get to New Orleans during that
time, be sure to come... it's old rock and rollers, old R&B players, and old
jazz men....they just all get on stage and play together....it's the darndest
jam you've ever seen, and a good time is really had by all!! Scotty is sending a
note to the guest book today also. Thanks for all your letters and support for
him...he will always be appreciative of all the fans who pray for him and tell
him they still love the music!
USA - Sunday, February 06, 2005 at 15:20:09 (PST)
Hi, this is Gail, just in time to tell you all that Scotty
hopes all his fans has as good a 2005 as he had a 2004. He
has traveled, played, met new people, been able to regain a
lot of the memory and co-ordination he lost with the surgery last December, and all in all has really done so
much better than in 2003 (BAD YEAR!)
We went to London the first week in December for him to do
a show which will come out as a tv program and a DVD at some point. It will probably be done first in Europe as it
was a production done there with a French/German production
company. We do not have details as to release, and Scotty
has not yet got an approval copy, so we don't know how long it will be. It was a really good show...done at Abby
Rd. Studio with lots of stars. I'll write up a story for
the scrapbook about it. The last time I reported, we were
going to a show here in Nashville with Bob and Kittra Moore
Steve and Ella Shepherd, and our friend from Norway Vidar
Thomt and his friend. We were going to a show at BB King's
club here in Nashville starring our great friends James
"Nick" Nixon, Bobby Cox, and Johnny Jones. It was a surprise to the guys that Scotty would be there, so I could
not say it on the internet before the show. But it was the
best R&B show I've seen in many years, and that's still my
favorite kind of music...don't know how we will continue on
with no Ray Charles in the world. Anyway, we had a great time and Nick, Billy, and Johnny were totally surprised when Scotty came in. They were on the stage and Nick was
introducing the first song...he said, "Now we're going to
play....Scotty Moore, what are you doing here?" I'll bet
there was not a person in the house who could hum that tune!
Again we want to thank you all for the good thoughts and
messages this year. Hope next year can bring as many good
things Scotty's way, and we hope you have your best year
USA - Friday, December 31, 2004 at 11:08:27 (PST)
Hi, everyone. I haven't checked in for a while....Scotty has been doing very well, and as quite a few of you know, has done several shows this summer and fall. We have also had a visit from our good friends Pete and Stella Pritchard
from London. Many of you know that Pete is his road manager and bass player in England. They came over for a
couple of weeks and we had a great time with them.
A couple of weeks ago while Pete was here, Scotty went back
into his studio and cut two more cuts for that everlasting
"next cd" that we have talked about forever. We are just
about there....he has 11 cuts, wants 12 for the finished
product. The new one that I love is Billy Swan and Boots
Randolph playing "Reconsider Baby" and has Pete on bass and
Steve Shepherd on keyboards, along with Fred Satterfield on
drums. IT IS A KILLER! Billy sounds like he is 18 years
old, but as i have known him since 1974, I know for sure he's older than 18! Boots was wailin', guys! This new one
might become my favorite Scotty cd past the "Moore Feel Good" which has been my favorite since we first pressed it more than 10 years ago.
Scotty's and my friend, Vidar Thomt from Norway, will be in
town tomorrow and we have some special plans with him, his
friend and some other friends of ours. I'll tell you about
Thanks for all your letters and especially all your good wishes for Scotty and his further good health.
USA - Sunday, October 17, 2004 at 19:26:41 (PDT)
Hi, everyone, we just got back from Scotty's recording session with Paul Ansel, the singer who sings with Scotty
in England. Paul has his own band, No. 9, and they came to
Memphis to record an album here. The whole group got down
about 4 songs that Scotty played on, and one of them, a
song called Jody Lou, might be on Scotty's next CD, whenever that will be!!! They also did a version of
"Kansas City" that was something like the one done on the
UK shows, although Dave Briggs did the vocals in UK. It was fun, but we got bad news when we were there....Richard
Davis, who was Elvis's bodyguard and stand-in for the movies, died very quietly in his sleep last Thursday. He
was an old friend, and his wife Kim is also a good friend.
They have two-year-old triplets! There is word about a
trust fund or a show raising funds for the children's education, but we don't have firm word on that yet. We will let you know if that comes through. Scotty will play
on the show if it comes off. He is doing well. We are both looking forward to not being out of town for a while.
Pete and Stella Pritchard are to be visiting us from London
in September, and we are both really looking forward to that. Pete is Scotty's bass player and road manager, and he also came here to play on Alvin Lee's album last year.
He has been touring with Alvin, and I think he's ready for
a vacation.....and Stella is always ready to have a good time, so we will be glad when they get here. Thanks for all your interest, and I'll be back in touch soon. Gail
Abagail <abagail AT bellsouth
USA - Monday, August 30, 2004 at 15:40:55 (PDT)
Hi, everyone. It's been a long time since I checked in on this site....I lost my link and we have been out of town so
much that it was a while before I told Jim to re-connect us.
Scotty is doing so well.....actually better than any of us
had expected a few months ago. First the guys in England took him in hand and gave him lessons in playing again, then he went back on the road with Ronnie, DJ, the Jordanaires and especially Ronnie's band (Steve Shepherd,
Kevin Woods, and Wade Bernard look after him like he was
their child). That helped him get back in the swing of playing again, and then he has been to so many public events too. He was one of the recipients of the first set
of "Memphis Music Heroes" awards in April, was there for the button-pushing at the 50th anniversary of the recording
of "That's Alright Mama", went to Bay St. Louis with Ronnie
where he was visited by his daughter Tasha and her mom,
Robbie, and to CasinoRama in Canada (you cannot believe that place unless you see it!), and the shows in Tunica
where Ronnie gave Scotty and DJ new CARS! then on to the
Legends show in Memphis with Boots Randolph, Billy Swan,
Lee Rocker, Stan Perkins, Ronnie and the band, and just
about the whole rockabilly world. It was a great show and
it did Scotty so much good to be there with old friends and
good pals....Patsy Andersen and Jerry Schilling were there,
we had a fantastic dinner at our dear friend Kevin Kane's
BluesCity Cafe (corner of Second and Beale....best ribs in
the world...not just Memphis!) Our friends Jim and Donna
Chamberlain from Nashville were there. More in the piece
on all of this. See the scrapbook for those notes. Anyway, all of these things and all of this business has
helped Scotty enormously to return to his former health and
he is even signing autographs again! See the order page
about this. He's come back so far that we are all thankful
and grateful for everyone who has helped, cheered, prayed,
and otherwise had a part in his recovery. We love you!
USA - Sunday, August 22, 2004 at 19:47:22 (PDT)
Hi, this is Gail. Just a note to let you know that Scotty is still doing well. He's in Branson, MO, tonight with Ronnie McDowell, his band, DJ, the Jords, and Miss Millie.
They are playing at the Welk Resort Theater.
We will be going over to Memphis for the NARAS awards on
Tuesday, then back home. Scotty has done very well lately,
and he's hoping to get a chance to go into his studio and
do some stuff with Tracy Nelson. He and Tracy want to do a
spiritual album, very simple like the early Staple Singers
things, just a few instruments and that wonderful voice!
Tracy's got a new booker, and she's very busy these days,
but we hope that this comes off.
Peter Pritchard, our friend in London, is beginning his tour with Alvin Lee promoting
Alvin's cd recorded at Scotty's house last April. Check your area if you are in
UK and see them if you get a chance. Tell Pete you saw this on Scotty's site....it'll be a great show.
Thanks again for all the support Scotty and I have received
during his illness and recovery Love, gail
USA - Friday, April 09, 2004 at 15:50:36 (PDT)
Hi, this is Gail. I have not been reporting lately since we have been overseas, but this was too good to keep. He
had his first bloodwork done since the trip and it came back today. The doctor said that it looked the best in two
years! He asked if Scotty had them draw my blood instead of his. Kidney functopm was better, red blood cells up to
almost normal...first time in two years! Isn't that great? We thought that the trip would be hard on him, but
apparently the bottle of red wine in the dressing room before each show was just what he needed! Everybody go out
and get a bottle of red wine and help us celebrate. Scotty
will be in Branson next week, in Memphis the following week, and he is really looking forward to both. Love,
USA - Wednesday, March 31, 2004 at 17:50:23 (PST)
James Lewis and Scotty in 1953
Photo courtesy Scotty Moore©
Hi, all, this is Gail and we have finally returned to the USA from Scotty's tour. He is doing well, but he had a very
bad piece of news on the day he arrived. For any of you who have read his book, you know about his long-time friend,
James Lewis. When we arrived back home, Scotty heard from
his sister-in-law that James had died that day. We went to
Humboldt on Friday for his funeral. It has been a hard blow
to his family as well as to Scotty. James was a good man with infinite talent to do many things, and his family is a
good reflection of what a good man he was. His wife Evelyn
has been very ill and is still able to go on because of the
years of love and happiness between them. His children,
Rex, Patricia, and his daddy's girl Neecie are all the
wonderful products of his and Evelyn's raising. We love
them all and cry with them and for them. James was a good
man, and we need all of those that we can find. I am in
process of writing about the tour for the scrapbook, so on
this note, we just want to tell you that we are back and that Scotty is doing well, but very sad for the loss of his
best and most long-time friend. Love, Gail
USA - Monday, March 22, 2004 at 10:24:29 (PST)
Well, we're just two days from leaving for London. I'm so excited and so behind in my preparations! Scotty is looking forward to seeing the guys, but apprehensive about
playing the first time since the surgery. We will try to
write a note while we're over there to let you know how
things are going....this will depend on if we can get to a
laptop somewhere, as we will be traveling every day. If we
do not get into the site before then, you will hear from us
on March 18, when we return. Thanks so much for your good
thoughts, prayers, and good wishes for Scotty. He's back
up again, partly because he's a tough old bird, and partly
because so many people have been pulling for him!
USA - Saturday, February 21, 2004 at 06:39:07 (PST)
Scotty and Gail at Bob Moore's February 8, 2004
photo courtesy Kittra Moore
Hello, all, this is Gail again. Well, Scotty is still having some trouble with his voice....he had a ventilator
down his throat for more than a week, and as a result, his
vocal chords have been traumatized and he is still having
to force talking....but he's still coming along.
We went to see Bob and Kittra Moore a couple of weeks back,
(Kittra sent in a picture) and then to Pat and Eloise Foley's home this weekend....he was head of Gibson London
for 4 years, finally back home in Nashville). Last night
we went out to eat compliments of Steve and Ella Shepherd..
she's "the back" in Scotty's pictures and guest book, he's
Ronnie McDowell's road manager and keyboard player. So Scotty is getting out some, beginning to socialize again.
He's still having trouble with more than one person talking
to him at once, but he'll get there!
There is a question in the guest book about Scotty signing
autographs....unfortunately he will not be able to sign
on this trip. He has pre-signed some pictures and CD's
which we will sell at the shows (and we guarantee that they
really were signed by Scotty) but he will not be available
to sign in person. He's actually going to be doing this
tour earlier than his doctors said he would be able to play
and travel, and the two hours of signing after each show is
just a little too strenuous this time. Please don't be mad
at us....he's trying hard to do the shows, cannot do it all
yet. Thanks for understanding!
USA - Tuesday, February 17, 2004 at 15:34:46 (PST)
Hi, this is Gail. Haven't been in touch because I'm mostly
at Scotty's house and he does not compute. He had a couple
of shots last week to help his hand...helps when he is not
playing, but he still hurts when he plays, so he's doing
some other stuff for that right thumb....hope it works soon
he's getting nervous about playing 14 shows with a sore thumb.
We still plan to go to England, are leaving on Feb. 24, home March 17 or 18. A long trip, but I always love to go
over and see our friends there, and the fans are so good to
Scotty....we always feel welcome in UK!
Not much to report....he's coming along slower than before,
but we expected that. Hope he will be back to where he was
USA - Wednesday, February 04, 2004 at 18:30:14 (PST)
Hi, folks, this is Gail...late as usual. Scotty is still
doing well, but is being bothered by that old arthritic
right thumb again. We are going to have it checked, hope
there is something that can be done. Don Dean, our friend
from Louisville, was here for a few days, setting up Scotty's new guitar (L-5 CT) that he received at the 50 years at Gibson party...well, I received it, he was operated on that day! It is a beautiful guitar, but it needed quite a bit of work before it was ready to play. Don is a super luthier, and he has it playing like a dream!
Hope Scotty will use it on stage soon....it is a beauty
especially under the lights.
He's still looking forward to going to England in late
February, and I'm so looking forward to it, too....we have
made some very dear friends there, and I'm anxious to see
Scotty wants everyone who has written, called, emailed, and
sent get-well wishes on the website to know that he has read, heard and looked at every one and he so much appreciates the many
people who have thought about him, prayed for him and most
of all wish him well. All this helps his morale more than
you will ever know. THANKS!!
USA - Monday, January 26, 2004 at 18:16:11 (PST)
Well, he's still doing great and this time I have his dr.
to back me up! He went to see his personal physician last
Friday and was told his bloodwork was better than when he
left the hospital and that Scotty was better than the dr.
had expected him to be. He gave his blessing to the UK tour, saying that at this time he thought that was the best
thing for Scotty to do...get out and just do it!
We are deep into the plans fot the tour, looking forward to
seeing lots of our UK friends over there, and also meeting
some new ones.
Scotty wants me to thank everyone for the good wishes and
the cards and stuff sent to him, and for all the prayers
which have been said on his behalf. He has looked at the
things sent to him, read the messages from the site, and
feels that the prayers have put him back to where he is.
USA - Monday, January 19, 2004 at 13:42:36 (PST)
Hi, this is me again. It's Wednesday night. Sorry I'm so
far between these messages, but I'm mostly over at Scotty's
and he has no computer. He's doing great!!! He's so looking forward to the trip to England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland!
His physical therapist, Leonard, is coming three times a week and they get along great! Leonard is the only person
in history who has gotten Scotty to do exercises, but he is
doing them.....he's convinced that he's better every day, and that Leonard is the reason. An old friend called tonight and talked to Scotty...afterward he said to me, "He
sounds just like the old Scotty...with shorter hair." How
does short hair sound? They were on the phone!
He'll be going for checkups with various doctors in the next few days, so I'll let you know what they say afterward
but just looking at him, talking to him, and being with him, I'd say he's in better shape right now than before the
episode. I just simply have good news tonight, not a word
of caution or a single downer...he's coming back, and he's
coming back fast!
USA - Wednesday, January 14, 2004 at 19:05:09 (PST)
Hi, It's Friday and I haven't put any update on for a few
days....sorry, Scotty is now home and I have been staying
with him most of the time. I have to come home to get to my computer.
He's doing very well....he's got a really good physical
therapist who is helping him to play again. His fingers
still know how to play, but his hand and arm are very weak,
so Leonard is helping him with his strength and flexibility.
Scotty has spoken to Pete Pritchard and Liam Grundy in
London, and he is still planning on making the shows in
UK in late February and March. Leonard says that if he will work hard on his exercises, there is no reason for
him not to be able to make the trip and play. So we were
really glad to get this encouragement, as we both love to
go to England. This time, he has shows in all four areas:
England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland. It's gonna be great.
Again, thanks so much for all the people who have sent
messages and cards and called about his health. It has been a big lift to him to have so many people interested.
I'll give you little updates as I can get home, but for
right now, just be assured that he is coming along even
better than we expected, and soon will be the old Scotty...
I think it will take longer to grow out the hair than to
get back to playing...but at least the hair is growing back. No need for a hairpiece, he still has lots, thanks!
USA - Friday, January 09, 2004 at 14:54:10 (PST)
Well, he's finally home! He escaped today! He was so glad to get home that he just ate three pancakes with syrup
and lay down in his own bed and went to sleep....his only
remark was, "My bed feels so good.....zzzzz."
He will be in out-patient therapy for a while. He is doing
very well physically, but his speech is still a little off.
He has no trouble speaking, but he still cannot remember
names. When I explain who I'm talking about, all the details are clear except for some stuff which happened in late Nov. and most of Dec. which are still blank.
He's very happy to be home, and I have to make this short
because he'll be awake soon and ready for some real food..
he has been on a no-salt, no sugar diet in the hospital and
he is so ready for something with taste again!
USA - Monday, January 05, 2004 at 14:19:07 (PST)
Well, we were told on Tuesday that Scotty could come home
today (Friday), and I have spent the last few days getting
ready for him to be released. But this morning they told him he could not come home....it seems that they are still
giving him a medication to prevent any further seizures like he had just after surgery, and the dose was too large.
As a result, his bloodpressure dropped and his platelet
count went way down. So his medication has been changed
and he will have to wait a couple more days to come home.
The current take is that his blood will be checked tomorrow
and Sunday, and if the count goes up enough, he will be
released on Sunday or Monday....here's hoping......he was
so disappointed, you would have thought he was a flower
without water for a week....you could see him droop in his
chair as he received the news! He's still doing well with
his therapies, and he will continue those on an out-patient
basis after he comes home. Hope for us that he will be
out in a couple of days....he can't take disappointment
like that very often.
USA - Friday, January 02, 2004 at 18:13:58 (PST)
Hi, it's been a couple of days....but I have been to see
him each day, and he is continuing to get better. His speech is the biggest problem right now, he knows just what
he is thinking, but certain words just won't come out. I
spoke to his speech therapist yesterday, and she said that
she would put Scotty on a priority list of people to see
twice each day possible. I hope that helps. His physical
progress is still great. He leaves that walker behind every time there is not a nurse or therapist to make him
take it along. He carries it as much as leans on it.
We had around 15-20 people who came to see him for his birthday.....did not get an accurate nose count. His daughter Andrea and her husband and daughter came up from
Memphis to be with him, and came back to see him in private
the next morning. He is always glad to see them. We also
had local friends as well is Jerry Townsend from Little Rock and Donnie McGuire from Russellville, AL. And of course our dear Ronnie McDowell was there. And Tracy Nelson had the same birthday, so she was there....we had to
sing to her in a group because none of us had the nerve to
sing in front of Tracy alone. Bob and Kittra Moore came in
after the cake....seems Bob had to have lottery tickets for
that night's drawing, stood in line forever, and still did
not win! I talked last night to our friend Ira Padnos in
New Orleans, who was the doctor who convinced Scotty to go
and get his head checked, probably saving him from brain
damage if not death. He told Scotty to wait till Scotty
got his bill! He told me last night what he was going to
charge....Scotty has to come and play guitar at Ira's 40th
birthday party in September.....you can bet Scotty will be
This is more like a gossip column than a health report, but
be sure that Scotty is doing well, and we plan on his being
able to travel and play again.
USA - Tuesday, December 30, 2003 at 08:57:25 (PST)
Today is Scotty's 72nd birthday, and we are going to go down to rehab and celebrate....Tracy Nelson is also having
a birthday, but I won't tell which! She's going to be there, too. I made a German chocolate cake for her and a
PRUNE cake for Scotty! It's his favorite kind......really!
Last night he was fine, in good spirits, ready to get up
and at'em today. May we all have that kind of drive at 72!
His rehab is going well. He needs less and less help doing
stuff, is more and more inclined to tell me that I'm doing
stuff wrong....see, I told you he's better!
I got a new digital camera for Christmas, will try to make
some pictures today. Haven't had time to practice, but
maybe some kind soul at the party will help.
We should all drink a toast to the New Year, or maybe just
to the end of this one! Scotty is going to have a much
better year this time.....more good health, more shows, and
maybe finish that long-coming next CD!
Have a good day...and holler "Happy Birthday, Scotty and
Tracy!" right at 2 pm today!
USA - Saturday, December 27, 2003 at 06:48:06 (PST)
Good morning and merry Christmas to everyone who does Christmas, happy holiday to all else! Scotty is looking
forward to seeing the end of 2003, since it started with
his left ear dropping dead on Jan 2 and ended in rehab from
brain surgery! But he has high hopes for 2004. This is the beginning of 50 Years of Rock and Roll, and he has lots
to do this year. Pray God that he can do every date!
He's still in rehab, was doing well yesterday. Today I'm
going to take him about the last 25 pages of his guest book. While he was unconscious, he did not read much, so
he can catch up today. It will give him a good Christmas
feeling to know that so many people have been wishing him
The new dates are up for the England tour beginning on
Feb. 26, and he is determined that he is going to do them.
So get ready, England/Scotland/Ireland! Scotty with short
hair is coming.
We are going to give him a little cake-and-ice-cream day on
Saturday for his 72nd birthday. At around 2 pm Central time, everybody holler "Happy Birthday, Scotty!" If all you do that, he can probably hear you all the way to Nashville!
Happy holidays, all, and a very BLESSED new year!
USA - Thursday, December 25, 2003 at 07:49:36 (PST)
Hello, it's Tuesday night and I have just returned home from the hospital. Scotty is still doing remarkably well,
still no complications. His rehab is going on at the rate
of about 5 or 6 sessions a day, and he is really making
progress. Last Friday when he was moved from the hospital
to the rehab wing, it took three of us to wrestle him into
a wheelchair, but tonight when he started to walk across his room, I said, "Remember to use the walker," and he
picked up the walker and carried it across the room. So he's coming along strong.
He talked to a friend today and said, "In a day or two, I'm
going to start playing again...I kinda dread seeing if it
does not work, but am looking forward to just holding my
guitar." So the Chet goes back to the hospital tomorrow.
I'll let you know how it goes.
Pete Pritchard called from London tonight, and he said that
he now has a list of the venues for the March tour. Scotty
told him not to break any of them....he plans to be there
and to play! Hold that thought!
USA - Tuesday, December 23, 2003 at 18:10:18 (PST)
Good morning! This is Sunday and I have not updated in two days....we have been moving Scotty from the hospital to
rehab, and it has been busy. I am just amazed at the progress he has made in the two days! DJ and Karen Fontana
had visited him in hospital, and they were back yesterday.
They could not believe how much better he spoke and moved
in just two days, and he has gone from unable to move alone
to doing most things by himself. His right hand was badly
swollen due to an infiltrated IV in the back of the hand
while he was still in NICU, and he had been unable to lift
it much or to use it adequately, but now most of the swelling has gone, and last night he was unbuttoning his
shirt with that hand. That's a huge leap from not even able to lift it.
His personal physician has said that while most patients
learn to re-use their hands by putting pegs in holes, Scotty's dexterity in playing should be used. Instead of
the usual pegs, he says that Scotty should use his guitar
as rehab, as his ear will tell him when his hand is moving
correctly. I am going to take either the Chet or the L-5
down soon with a small amp...both those guitars are his
friends, and they will help him get better. He talked to
several friends on the phone yesterday, and he is determined to whip this thing....he is telling everyone he
has shows to do in UK soon, and he plans to do them. He's
a hard-headed old man, and if he says he can do it, don't
get in his way....Merry Christmas to us all!!
USA - Sunday, December 21, 2003 at 06:28:07 (PST)
It's Thursday, and Scotty is still improving. He is in a
regular room, but will be moved tomorrow morning to the
rehab unit to start his re-training. He had an evaluation
today, and the therapist said that he had made really good
strides in just two days with his right hand, and he is
very determined to get the rest of the job done. He will be in rehab for 3-4 weeks, depending on how fast he recovers. He was visited today by Tracy Nelson, and they
both were so glad to see each other....they have been best
friends for more than 30 years, way more than half of Tracy's life. He wanted to know about his party that he
missed, and they laughed and talked for about an hour. He
was in much better spirits after talking to someone besides
his medical personnel and me. He also talked to his daughter Andrea by phone. That was the first time since
the surgery he has tried the phone, and he did pretty well.
We are encouraged by his progress...keep on prayin', He's
USA - Thursday, December 18, 2003 at 14:48:43 (PST)
Well, the good news continues....we're really on a roll! Scotty will be getting into his own room later today. He
is off all IV's, even off oxygen, and is doing really well!
I stayed over past visiting half hour last night and fed
him his dinner. He ate the first good meal he's had since
the surgery. As soon as he gets into his room and settles
a little, the serious physical and speech therapy will start. He still has some aphasia (spelling?) but is making
more sense every day when he talks. I told him today that
Darwin Lamm called and said Scotty had to get better so he
could play again in Memphis in August, and Scotty said to
tell him he WANTS to get better and play in Memphis this
August....that's the spirit!
USA - Wednesday, December 17, 2003 at 12:59:02 (PST)
Hello, it's Tuesday afternoon and all the news continues to
be good. I went to see him this morning and he was more
alert and was speaking more intelligibly than he has so far. He wanted to know if I had spoken to DJ (Fontana) and
I told him I had. He said, "Tell him I'm okay." He also
talked about Bob Moore and some other people who had called
about him. He seems to be aware of all his people, and even remembered that Andrea (his daughter) had been to see
him. That was Saturday, when he was still pretty out of it. I saw his neurologist and he said that he was ready
for Scotty to leave ICU and go into a regular room as soon
as his other doctors okayed it. That's good news...I can
spend more time with him, and he can get back to normal by
at least seeing if it's daylight or dark. He started his
speech therapy and physical therapy, and he's coming along.
As soon as he feels like himself, he'll refuse to do all the things they want, so they'd better hurry while he's
co-operating! Keep prayin'....God must be listening to us,
because he is getting better faster than we had thought.
USA - Tuesday, December 16, 2003 at 12:27:39 (PST)
Hi, it's Gail and it's Monday. Lots of good news today.
Scotty has lost the feeding tube, had his first meal, and
ate pretty well, considering that he was still full of the
intubated food. He also had his first physical therapy
session (which he hated, of course...the ones who know him
know that he thinks heavy exercise is from the house to the
car) and his first speech therapy. Apparently having your
brain shuffled around your head does funny things. He is
very obviously in there, but it's going to take work for
him to get back out here. His nurse had on the Country
Music Channel on tv, and a video came on with Pam Tillis.
He asked, "Who's that?" and I said, "That's Pam Tillis, she's M-m-mel's daughter." He gave me a silly grin and
said, "She sure don't look like M-m-mel!" So he's still
We do not know when he will be in a regular room, but we hope shortly. The hospital says that they have had quite
a few requests for his condition, and they only give "Stable" or "Satisfactory" but they are telling people
that he has an update on the site each day. He's improving
and has had no complications, so keep on praying and he'll
be back playing again soon.
USA - Monday, December 15, 2003 at 14:28:01 (PST)
When I visited Scotty today, he was asleep, so I did not get to talk to him. His last CT scan (Friday) still shows
all is normal, and he was able to squeeze my hand with his
right hand last night (Saturday). That was the first time
he has used his right hand, indicating that feeling and
movement are coming back to the side which was affected by
the hematoma. Good News!
USA - Sunday, December 14, 2003 at 13:28:08 (PST)
It's Saturday, Dec. 13, and Scotty continues to progress.
His two daughters came up from Memphis to see him yesterday
and he was obviously very glad to see them, attempting to
talk more and laugh more than he has been doing. His doctor was there, and he told us that he is progressing
slowly, but he is better every day. He has had no sign
of infection or other complication, and as soon as he is
able to swallow on his own, he can have his feeding tube
removed and be sent from intensive care to his own room.
WE hope that happens early next week. All of us are so glad that he seems to be responding well and all three doctors still predict that he will be playing again. That's our big goal. More tomorrow.
USA - Saturday, December 13, 2003 at 10:26:15 (PST)
It's Friday, December 12. Today I visited Scotty and he continues to become more aware. He is off the ventilator, but his throat is sore from 6 days of a tube in it, so he is not talking much. When I started to leave, I said that
I would be back later, and he mouthed, "When?" so apparently he is aware of my being there and also somewhat
of time passing. Not much to report, but at least we know
he's still in there. The doctors still predict full recovery, and I'm just waiting for him to be in a regular
room so he can begin to get back to normal. It's hard to
be anything like normal in intensive care!
USA - Friday, December 12, 2003 at 15:22:04 (PST)
Hello, this is Gail again. It is Dec. 11, 2003 and I have just returned from the hospital today. Scotty is coming
around, was able to focus his eyes today. His doctor said
that he had been breathing without the help of a machine all night and that his ventilator tube would come out today. As soon as this is gone, he will be able to try to
talk to us. As soon as he is able to talk, I will tell him
how everyone is praying and cheering him on. I'll let you
know tomorrow any progress he makes.
USA - Thursday, December 11, 2003 at 11:01:23 (PST)
In early December, Scotty suffered a problem which started as a difficulty in his right side which we first feared might be a stroke. IT WAS NOT A STROKE!!! He had a
beautiful party planned for Friday December 5th by the great people of Gibson (thanks, Henry, Robert, Nina, and especially Mickey Butler for starting it rolling!) and he did not want to miss that, so he let his problem run for more days than it should have. (Heís a bad example, so donít follow his lead!)
But on Wednesday, December 3, he asked me to take him to the hospital for examination. A CT scan showed that he had a subdural
hematoma. I emphasize that he has no blood nor damage inside his brain. 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.
On Friday morning, December 5, he underwent surgery to remove the blood, stop the bleeding, and return his brain to its normal position without the pressure. It was entirely successful and all three doctors primarily concerned (his own Internist, the neurologist who did the surgery, and the cardiologist who is attending that big heart) agree that with some physical therapy, he can return to his previous state of being able to play his guitars! Isn't that great?
Of course the usual rumors started at once, so we are trying to quiet them. Please pass on the information that he will try to have a daily update here on his website as to his condition, and be sure to tell anyone who says different, that he is not dead and he is not dying and he is not permanently impaired!
AS of today, December 8th the doctors are raising his level of consciousness so that he will be able to communicate with us. We hope by the end of today to report that he is again speaking and is aware of his surroundings. Thatís todayís report.