Drummer Ronnie Tutt of TCB, Elvis’ band dies at 83, Graceland and others pay tribute

 

Ronnie Tutt, drummer of the band TCB, the band who played for Elvis Presley, died at the age of 83. Tributes poured in from many including Graceland, The King’s estate and home. Tutt’s wife Donna told TMZ that Tutt died on Saturday, due to natural causes. The drummer died peacefully, surrounded by family at his home in Franklin, Tennessee, as he didn’t want to be hospitalized.

Donna also said that he had a heart condition from years. The doctors said that they had done all that they could do and his body had enough. She said that “he couldn’t play another drum lick.” He had played the drums for Elvis from 1969 up to his death in 1977. He was a part of Takin’ Care of Business (TCB) the band that was backup for The King’s first performance in Vegas and more and also for performances in other locations.

Graceland also confirmed the percussionist’s death. It paid a heartfelt tribute to Tutt. The Instagram post called him “legendary” and said that all were saddened by the passing of their good friend and ambassador. Ronnie Tutt used to share his memories of Elvis with fans. He also joined everyone at Graceland to celebrate milestones including Elvis Week, The King’s birthday and other important occasions.

When Elvis left the room and the planet, TCB was disbanded. Tutt was invited by other musicians to play. He became the permanent concert as well as recording session drummer for Neil Diamond. Some of the other popular singers and musicians for whom he recorded or performed with
included

The Carpenters
Roy Orbison
Billy Joel
Jerry Garcia
Johnny Cash
Glen Campbell
Kenny Rogers
Elvis Costello
Stevie Nicks
Michael McDonald.

Ronnie Tutt is survived by his wife Donna, children, grandchildren as well as great grandchildren. He will be cremated. There will also be a celebration of his life, according to his wife.

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