Ronnie Tutt, Elvis‘ drummer and an original member of his TCB Band, passed away on Oct. 16, 2021. He was 83.
Tutt was born in Dallas, Texas on March 12, 1938. He was involved with music and performing arts for most of his childhood.
Tutt joined Elvis’ TCB “Taking Care of Business” band at the beginning of his Las Vegas residency in 1969, and remained through Presley’s death in 1977 at 42. He also toured with Neil Diamond, and was an in-demand session drummer and touring musician who worked with Johnny Cash, Kenny Rogers, Stevie Nicks, Elvis Costello, Billy Joel, Jerry Garcia, Roy Orbison, The Carpenters and many others.
Elvis Presley Enterprises paid tribute to Tutt on the Graceland website with this message: “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.”