Elvis Presley’s Drummer Ronnie Tutt Dies Aged 83
The former drummer for Elvis Presley, Ronnie Tutt, has passed away at the age of 83.
Elvis Presley Enterprises shared the news in an official tribute to its website.
“All of us with Elvis Presley Enterprises were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Ronnie Tutt.” Read the tribute. “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.”
“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.”
It went on, “Our hearts go out to Donna, his family, his fellow TCB Band members – and to his fans around the world. He will be deeply missed by all of us.”
Tutt played as part of the TCB Band (“Taking Care of Business“) and toured and recorded with Presley from 1969 until his death in 1977. He has also performed with the likes of Billy Joel, Jerry Garcia, Niel Diamond, and The Carpenters.
Tributes for Tutt have poured in online from friends and former colleagues like Billy Joel, Tanya Tucker, Rob Brydon, and the Roy Orbison tribute account.
According to TMZ, Tutt passed away at his home in Franklin, Tennessee on Saturday due to natural causes. He was surrounded by family.
His wife Donna stated that he had suffered from a heart condition and that, “He couldn’t play another drum lick.”
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