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Elvis Presley’s drummer Ronnie Tutt dies aged 83 as Graceland bosses pay heartfelt tribute


Elvis Presley’s drummer Ronnie Tutt dies aged 83 as Graceland bosses pay heartfelt tribute to late musician

  • The sticksman was a member of the TCB Band, the core rhythm section of Elvis’ band, from August 1969 until the hitmaker’s death in 1977
  • The musician also played for the likes of The Carpenters, Roy Orbison, Neil Diamond, Billy Joel, and Jerry Garcia
  • A statement issued on the Elvis Presley Enterprises Instagram read: ‘All of us with Elvis Presley Enterprises were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Ronnie Tutt’
  • They added: ‘In addition to being a legendary drummer, he was a good friend to many of us here at Graceland’
  • After the TCB Band disbanded upon Elvis’ death, Ronnie was invited by Neil Diamond to become his permanent concert and recording session drummer


Elvis Presley’s drummer, Ronnie Tutt, has died aged 83. 

The sticksman was a member of the TCB, or Taking Care of Business, Band, the core rhythm section of the late King of Rock and Roll’s band, from August 1969 until the Hound Dog hitmaker’s death in 1977.

The musician also played for the likes of The Carpenters, Roy Orbison, Neil Diamond, Billy Joel, and Jerry Garcia.

Late star: Elvis Presley’s drummer, Ronnie Tutt, has died aged 83, with bosses from the singer’s Graceland estate paying tribute to the musician

A cause of death is not known at this time.

A statement issued on the Elvis Presley Enterprises Instagram 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.

Star power: The sticksman was a member of the TCB, or Taking Care of Business, Band, the core rhythm section of the late King of Rock and Roll's band

Star power: The sticksman was a member of the TCB, or Taking Care of Business, Band, the core rhythm section of the late King of Rock and Roll’s band

‘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.

Big names: The musician also played for the likes of The Carpenters, Roy Orbison, Neil Diamond, Billy Joel, and Jerry Garcia

Big names: The musician also played for the likes of The Carpenters, Roy Orbison, Neil Diamond, Billy Joel, and Jerry Garcia

Message: A statement issued on the Elvis Presley Enterprises Instagram read: 'All of us with Elvis Presley Enterprises were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Ronnie Tutt'

Message: A statement issued on the Elvis Presley Enterprises Instagram read: ‘All of us with Elvis Presley Enterprises were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Ronnie Tutt’

‘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.’

After the TCB Band disbanded upon Elvis’ death, at the age of 42 from a heart attack, Ronnie was invited by Neil Diamond to become his permanent concert and recording session drummer.

The King: Ronnie performed on-stage with Elvis from August 1969 until the Hound Dog hitmaker's death in 1977

The King: Ronnie performed on-stage with Elvis from August 1969 until the Hound Dog hitmaker’s death in 1977

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