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Elvis Presley’s drummer DJ Fontana dies peacefully aged 87

Elvis Presley’s legendary drummer DJ Fontana has passed away at the age of 87. 

The talented musician, who was Elvis’ last remaining band member, died peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday.

The drummer, real name Dominic Joseph Fontana, played on a number of Elvis’ iconic hits from 1954 to 1968, including Jailhouse Rock and Heartbreak Hotel, and was instrumental in his global success.

Sad news: Elvis Presley's legendary drummer DJ Fontana has passed away at the age of 87

Sad news: Elvis Presley's legendary drummer DJ Fontana has passed away at the age of 87

Sad news: Elvis Presley’s legendary drummer DJ Fontana has passed away at the age of 87

Fontana’s son David made the devastating announcement in an emotional Facebook post. 

He revealed: ‘I told everyone that I would keep you posted. My Dad passed away in his sleep at 9:33 tonight.

‘He was very comfortable with no pain. I will post more tomorrow when I have more information. We ask for privacy at this time. Thank you for your love and prayers.’

DJ Fontana began his career alongside Elvis, who died in 1977, at Sun Studios in Memphis, Tennessee.

Talented: The drummer, real name Dominic Joseph Fontana (L), played on a number of Elvis' iconic hits including Jailhouse Rock and Heartbreak Hotel and was instrumental in his global success - Pictured 1968

Talented: The drummer, real name Dominic Joseph Fontana (L), played on a number of Elvis' iconic hits including Jailhouse Rock and Heartbreak Hotel and was instrumental in his global success - Pictured 1968

Talented: The drummer, real name Dominic Joseph Fontana (L), played on a number of Elvis’ iconic hits including Jailhouse Rock and Heartbreak Hotel and was instrumental in his global success – Pictured 1968

'He passed away in his sleep': Fontana's son David made the devastating announcement in an emotional Facebook post

'He passed away in his sleep': Fontana's son David made the devastating announcement in an emotional Facebook post

‘He passed away in his sleep’: Fontana’s son David made the devastating announcement in an emotional Facebook post

The iconic studio also took to Facebook to offer their condolences: ‘We are extremely saddened to hear about the passing of legendary drummer D.J. Fontana. The band is all back together now.’ 

Born in 1931 in Shreveport, Louisiana, Dominic’s knack for drumming bagged him a spot as Elvis’ drummer in 1954. 

As well as some of Presley’s iconic tunes, Fontana also made a slew of appearances on the Ed Sullivan show with The King. 

Originally calling themselves The Blue Moon Boys, the rest of the band consisted of Bill Black on bass and Scotty Moore on lead guitar. 

History: Dominic's knack for drumming bagged him a spot as Elvis' drummer in 1954

History: Dominic's knack for drumming bagged him a spot as Elvis' drummer in 1954

History: Dominic’s knack for drumming bagged him a spot as Elvis’ drummer in 1954

Collaborative effort: While the band parted ways in 1958, Fontana kept working with Elvis until 1968

Collaborative effort: While the band parted ways in 1958, Fontana kept working with Elvis until 1968

Collaborative effort: While the band parted ways in 1958, Fontana kept working with Elvis until 1968

Praised: Fontana was inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame in 2009. Later that year he was entered into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the sideman category

Praised: Fontana was inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame in 2009. Later that year he was entered into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the sideman category

Praised: Fontana was inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame in 2009. Later that year he was entered into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the sideman category

The band parted ways in 1958, but Elvis and Fontana continued working together until the late 60s.

Speaking of their collaborative music in the 1996 book Go Cat Go! by Craig Morrison, Fontana stated: ‘I learned the value of simplicity at the Hayride. I heard Scotty and Bill and Elvis one night and knew that I couldn’t mess up that sound.

‘That’s why I always play what I feel. If that won’t work, I just won’t do it again. I think the simple approach comes from my hearing so much big band music. I mixed it with rockabilly.’

Commended for his talent and efforts in the music business, Fontana was inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame in 2009.

Later that year he was entered into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the sideman category.

Speaking in 1996 about his time in the band, Fontana revealed: 'I heard Scotty and Bill and Elvis one night and knew that I couldn't mess up that sound. I mixed it with rockabilly'

Speaking in 1996 about his time in the band, Fontana revealed: 'I heard Scotty and Bill and Elvis one night and knew that I couldn't mess up that sound. I mixed it with rockabilly'

Speaking in 1996 about his time in the band, Fontana revealed: ‘I heard Scotty and Bill and Elvis one night and knew that I couldn’t mess up that sound. I mixed it with rockabilly’

'The last of that magic': Tributes for the iconic drummer poured in from devastated fans 

'The last of that magic': Tributes for the iconic drummer poured in from devastated fans 

‘The last of that magic’: Tributes for the iconic drummer poured in from devastated fans 

 

Source: MailOnline

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