D. J. Fontana, who for fourteen years the drums was responsible for Elvis Presley, yesterday, died. That tells the music magazine Rolling Stone under the citation from the local newspaper The Tennessean. Fontana, who is heard on classic Elvis songs as ‘Blue Suede Shoes’, ‘Heartbreak Hotel’, ‘Hound Dog’ and ‘Jailhouse Rock’, was 87.
In total care Fontana percussion at 460 songs by Presley. In 2009 he was included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Fontana was, according to Rolling Stone, known for his “no nonsense”-drumtechniek.
The drummer was in the studio and on stage – along with Presley from 1954 until 1968. He was also seen in the Presley-movies ‘Jailhouse Rock’ and ‘G. I. Blues’.
After his Elvis period played Fontana along with other greats such as Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, Jerry Lee Lewis, Waylon Jennings, Dolly Parton and Roy Orbison.