Presley drummer Ronn Tutt passes away
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Presley drummer Ronn Tutt passes away

Monday, October 18, 2021 – Ronn Tutt, drummer for Elvis Presley for eight years including his famed 1969 return in Las Vegas, died on Saturday at 83.

The Graceland website posted, "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."

Born in Dallas, Tutt played for the TCB Band ("Taking Care of Business"), the Presley touring and recording band.

Tutt played on Billy Joel's second and third albums. He played on the breakthrough 1973 album, "Piano Man" (all tracks ecept "Captain Jack") and 1974's "Streetlife Serenade." He also played on albums of Emmylou Harris and Gram Parsons.

About 1974, Tutt recorded and toured with the Jerry Garcia Band and also Garcia's and Merl Saunders' Legion of Mary.

After the TCB Band disbanded upon Presley's death and a number of years recording and touring (1974–78) with Garcia, Tutt became Neil Diamond's permanent concert and recording session drummer.

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