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SwivoNut

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3/15/31 - 6/13/18  Elvis Presley's longtime drummer D. J. Fontana dies at age 87.

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Just saw that RIP DJ Fontana



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So sad. RIP DJ.


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i just came across this as well.

 

Sorry to hear about it.


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I once took a seminar from him at the D*ck Grove Workshop in L.A.

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The photo below is from the recording session of JAILHOUSE ROCK in Memphis at the Sun Records Studio, April 30, 1957.................RIP.

 

 

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RIP........I bet he had some stories......


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Another legend passes. I always loved his animal hide bass drum reso head.

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has there ever been a better snare sound than on ''hound dog''? it got your attention.


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Legend. Man what a life.

Wish I could have met him.

RIP sir & THANK YOU. 


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I wasn't one of those guys that started playing because I saw Ringo on Ed Sullivan but do you think that the stir Elvis caused,

well his band really, made a few kids out there want to pick up the sticks as well? 


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Always loved his style. Honestly, he was my favorite part of the those early Elvis songs. 


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Throughout his storied career DJFontana stood among the architects of rock drumming, the man is an icon.

 

 

 

 

When informed about his induction into the R & R Hall Of Fame he reportedly replied that he wasn't sure he'd be able to attend the ceremony since he had a gig that night!.....He found a sub, obvs.

 

 

 

So Long, DJ


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RIP Mr Fontana


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Me with DJ in a Nashville recording studio last year, and DJ behind a replica of his original kit in the same studio. Fond memories.Attached File  fullsizeoutput_3746.jpeg   211.55KB   0 downloadsAttached File  IMG_0973.JPG   99.06KB   0 downloads


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I was just talking about him with our singer on the way home from our gig last night. He'll be missed, for sure.


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...and just like that, another of my heroes passes.

Now that band is together again....silver lining.

 

BigBeat, you were very lucky to have met him. 

 

My condolences to his family and friends.


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Great musician. Part of a piece of music history that is likely to always be regarded as extraordinary. Thanks DJ.
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I wasn't one of those guys that started playing because I saw Ringo on Ed Sullivan but do you think that the stir Elvis caused,
well his band really, made a few kids out there want to pick up the sticks as well?


I learned a lot playing along with my sister's Elvis records (Walk, Don't Run by The Ventures started me off)
Elvis' band and the Jordanaires were a great influence to both my drumming and singing.

Edited by moodman, 15 June 2018 - 09:25 AM.

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One of the last original Rock n Rollers gone.He was of the first to pioneer that genre.One of the last links to our past,so hard to say goodbye.


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