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Ronnie Tutt, Elvis Presley’s Drummer, Dies at 83

by Kati Michelle
(Photo by Jon Super/Redferns)

It’s a sad day for fans of classic rock and Elvis. Star drummer Ronnie Tutt has died at the age of 83. Throughout his career, he worked with a variety of big names and hotshots in the music industry. You’ll recognize him for his work with Neil Diamond, Billy Joel, and The Carpenters, just to name a few.

Of course, he is most remembered for his time spent drumming for Elvis. As the world begins to grieve this loss, Elvis’s Graceland just posted an emotional, heartwrenching tribute to the musician.

Elvis Presley’s Graceland Remembers Ronnie Tutt

Graceland is the mansion and overall estate once owned by Elvis Presley. Their official Instagram page posted an emotional tribute to the late Ronnie Tutt for his hard work and friendship to the Presley’s over the years.

Part of the long tribute reads as follows:

“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.”

Check it out here:

A Music History Buff Dedicated to Mental Health

Ronnie Tutt sat down with The Sessions Panel for an interview a few years ago. Here, he talked about his passion for music history and how he often “prepped” himself for big gigs.

He spoke a lot about the importance of preparation for both playing skills and mental health. It becomes very apparent in hearing him talk just how dedicated he really was to his craft and crew. Tutt says there wasn’t just one particular moment that led him to music, either. It was simply just always there with his family. He even got enrolled in tap dancing pretty early on, which went a long way in helping him find his rhythm and timing.

Before making a name for himself as a drummer, Tutt actually tried his hand at a few different instruments. His earliest memories included playing the ukulele and a 4-string guitar. From there he attempted to pick up the violin, but it sounded too much like a “catfight” and he dropped it after a year. Next, he tried his hand at the trumpet with a friend’s help. This phase took him through high school, but he grew frustrated at not being able to fully “express himself on the horn.” So, he traded that in for a pair of sticks and the rest was history.

You can watch the late star’s interview here: