Ron Tutt, Drummer for Elvis Presley, Jerry Garcia, and Billy Joel, Is Dead at 83


Ron Tutt, the Dallas-born drummer greatest identified for touring with Elvis Presley from 1969 to 1977 as a part of the TCB (Taking Care of Business) Band, has died based on an announcement on the official Graceland website. In addition to his work with Presley, he recorded and toured with the Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia for years on quite a few facet tasks. As a well-regarded session participant, he will also be heard on information by The Carpenters, Johnny Cash, Gram Parsons, Neil Diamond, Elvis Costello, and hits by Billy Joel like “Piano Man.” Tutt was 83 years previous.

Tutt, normally referred to as Ronnie, joined Elvis’s group after his profitable 1968 (*83*) taking the seat vacated by Presley’s longtime drummer D.J. Fontana. Album collectors first heard him driving the King’s rhythm part on the Elvis in Person at the International Hotel reside half of the double album From Memphis to Vegas / From Vegas to Memphis, launched in October 1969. Tutt stayed with The King till the tip of his life in 1977, and may be heard on the spectacular As Recorded at Madison Square Garden album from 1972 and Aloha from Hawaii Via Satellite from 1973.

As if one legend weren’t sufficient, Tutt had one other celebrated gig. In the mid-Seventies he started recording and touring with Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead, each with the facet mission Legion of Mary (a collaboration with Merl Saunders) and the Jerry Garcia Band. Tutt performed with the JGB till late 1981.

Presley and Garcia are hardly ever related to each other (at least with out assistance from mind-expanding substances) however in a 2017 interview with Rolling Stone, Tutt seemed again on his two huge bosses.

“I’d always laugh because one night I’d be in Vegas playing with rhinestone two-piece outfits and the next night I’d be out with Garcia with the tie-dye and a pair of jeans. Socially speaking it was really different,” the drummer mentioned. “Elvis’s music was a lot more in your face; you could never play enough. But with Jerry we never talked about it, but I just knew my role with that band, no matter what configuration it was, was to help keep it together.”

As a session participant, Tutt recorded on two Billy Joel albums Piano Man and Streetlife Serenade. (In addition to “Piano Man,” that’s Tutt you’re listening to on the hits “The Ballad of Billy the Kid” and “The Entertainer.”) He’s additionally sat in on Elvis Costello’s King of America periods, Johnny Cash’s John R. Cash album, Los Lobos’s By The Light of the Moon, Passage by the Carpenters, and Gram Parsons’s Grievous Angel. Tutt additionally toured with Neil Diamond’s band, and may be heard on the Hot August Night II reside album from 1987 in addition to the newer Hot August Night/NYC: Live From Madison Square Garden album and DVD from 2009.

According to Neil Diamond Central, Tutt’s favourite film was Lord of the Rings.

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