Although the text in Elvis is King! doesn’t directly mention the band members by name, I wanted to pay tribute to them in the illustrations.
Bassist: Bill Black. Guitarist: Scotty Moore. Drummer: D.J. Fontana. They were known as the Blue Moon Boys and they created the sound that launched Elvis.
Bill Black’s bass is now owned by Paul McCartney. Scotty Moore passed away in 2016 as I was slowly burying myself in research for the book. D.J. Fontana’s drum head was stretched with the calfskin of a Guernsey cow which is the same breed of dairy cows that were on the dairy farm I was raised on.