Ronnie Tutt, the famous drummer who backed up the star, Elvis Presley from 1969 till his death eight years later, has passed away aged 83.
Elvis Presley Enterprises broke the heart-breaking news on its official website on Saturday, expressing its sadness over the great loss. “In addition to being one of the greatest drummer, he was also a great friend to many people here at Graceland,” it wrote. “He will be remembered by all of us.”
Dallas, born Ronnie Tutt had also worked with Neil Diamond, Billy Joel and Jerry Garcia in a career that lasted for about six-decades. His work can be heard on Joel’s Piano Man, Elvis Costello’s King of America and the Gram Parsons albums GP and Grievous Angel.
He had joined the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll for his tour named “Taking Care of Business (TCB)” in 1969 partnered with the guitarist named James Burton and other musicians to perform with Elvis Presley at his famous Las Vegas opening song.
In an interview in 2016, Tutt openly admitted that he was “never really a big fan” of Presley until he met him in person at an audition for that tour.
“Once you meet him in person and you come to understand the charisma that the man has, you just can’t help but resonate with what he does,” he said. “We immediately had a great rapport. Visually, our eyes were constantly watching each other.”
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