Elvis Presley Drummer Ronnie Tutt Passed Away At 83
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Ronnie Tutt, best known as the drummer of Elvis Presley and the Jerry Garcia Band, passed away at the age of 83. The cause of death was not provided.
Tutt backed Presley from 1969 until The King’s death eight years later. Tutt also played drums on Billy Joel’s classic hit “Piano Man”, Elvis Costello’s “King of America”, Buckingham Nicks, and Gram Parsons’ solo records.
Elvis Presley Enterprises broke the news on Saturday with a post on Graceland website that read, “All of us with Elvis Presley Enterprises were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Ronnie Tutt. In addition to being a legendary drummer, he was a good friend to many of us here at Graceland.”
“We enjoyed each time he joined us here to celebrate Elvis Week, Elvis’ Birthday and many other special occasions,” the statement continued. “Ronnie was an amazing ambassador to Elvis’ legacy – sharing his memories of working with Elvis with fans – as well as bringing Elvis’ music to arenas around the globe through later Elvis in Concert shows and performances.”
Tutt joined the famed backing group of Presley for his famed “Taking Care of Business” (TCB) tour. Even after Presley’s death in 1977, Tutt continued to share the stage with the TCB Band.
“I just remember the good things, that’s for sure. You got to,” Tutt told Rolling Stone in 2017. “I just remember laughing a lot and having a good time musically, so I have nothing but good memories.”