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Elvis Presley Drummer Ronnie Tutt Dead At 83

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Ronnie Tutt, the legendary drummer who for long played alongside superstar musicians, including Elvis Presley, died at the age of 83.

Elvis Presley Enterprises announced Tutt's death on the Graceland website on Saturday.

"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," a note on the website said. "We enjoyed each time he joined us here to celebrate Elvis Week, Elvis' Birthday and many other special occasions."

The note adds, "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."

The statement did not specify the date or cause of his death.

Tutt played drums for Elvis as part of the TCB Band from 1969 until 1977. He was part of the band put together by James Burton for Elvis' 1969 Las Vegas opening - and stayed with Elvis until his death in 1977.

Ronnie later toured with Neil Diamond's band. He also recorded and performed with great musicians such as Johnny Cash, Glen Campbell, Kenny Rogers, Elvis Costello, Stevie Nicks, and Michael McDonald in a career that spanned six-decades.

(Photo: Richard Loren)

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