Ronnie Tutt, who played in concerts and recording sessions for Elvis Presley, has died at the age of 83. The legendary drummer’s musical collaborations also include the Carpenters, Roy Orbison, Neil Diamond, and Jerry Garcia.
Elvis Presley’s Enterprises paid tribute to the musician on Instagram, in view of its 143,000 followers.
The emotive statement branded the drummer an “amazing ambassador” for the King of Rock and Roll.
It 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.
“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.
“Ronnie Tutt played drums for Elvis as part of the TCB Band from 1969 until 1977.
“He was part of the band put together by James Burton for Elvis’ 1969 Las Vegas opening – and stayed with Elvis until his death in 1977.
“Ronnie later toured with Neil Diamond’s band. He also recorded and performed with the likes of Johnny Cash, Glen Campbell, Kenny Rogers, Elvis Costello, Stevie Nicks, Michael McDonald, among others.
“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.”
Ronnie was born in Dallas, Texas on March 12, 1938.
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