Remembering D.J. Fontana

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Remembering D.J. Fontana

Elvis Presley Enterprises is deeply saddened by the passing of our dear friend and legend D.J. Fontana.

D.J. Fontana was Elvis' drummer for 14 years and played on over 460 RCA cuts with Elvis. D.J. began his incredible career as a staff drummer in 1953 on the famous Lousiana Hayride. While working on the Hayride in 1954, D.J. met Elvis and formed a common bond of friendship and admiration for each other's immense talents. D.J., Scotty Moore and Bill Black formed Elvis' original band. D.J. also performed with Elvis on the '68 Special.

D.J. received the Nashville Music Award for the Best Independent Album of the Year in 1998 for the song "Going Back to Memphis" and was also nominated for a Grammy in 1998 for the CD "All the King's Men." He was inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009.

“Lisa and I, and the entire Presley family, join the staff of Graceland in expressing our deepest condolences on DJ Fontana's passing.  DJ was Elvis' original drummer and good friend.  He was a tremendously talented musician and a wonderful man. Together with Elvis, Scotty Moore and Bill Black -- DJ made history as part of the legendary "Blue Moon Boys" -- creating music that will live forever and influence generations to come," said Priscilla Presley.

“The staff of Elvis Presley's Graceland is deeply saddened by the passing of Elvis' friend and legendary drummer, D.J. Fontana," said Elvis Presley Enterprises CEO Jack Soden. "D.J.'s groundbreaking recordings and performances with Elvis, Scotty Moore and Bill Black launched Elvis’ career and forever changed music and the world. D.J. was a dear friend to all of us at Graceland. We send our heartfelt condolences to D.J.'s family, friends and his millions of fans worldwide.” 

Posted by Elvis Presley's Graceland at 11:25 AM
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