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US News BREAKING DJ Fontana dead at 87 - Elvis' drummer dies in his sleep

12:55  14 june  2018
12:55  14 june  2018 Source:   msn.com

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Thankfully, the Elvis Presley's original drummer is alive and well. A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority ( 87 %) of respondents think those D. J. Fontana death rumors are not funny anymore. Breaking news June 8, 2018.

Dominic Joseph Fontana - D . J Fontana - was Elvis ' drummer from 1955 to 1969. EIN thanks Arjan Deelen for his interview in this two-part special. Earlier this year Elvis ' original drummer D . J . Fontana , now 79, performed on stage in Crowley, Louisiana.

a man wearing glasses and smiling at the camera: UNITED KINGDOM - CIRCA 1988: Photo of DJ Fontana at the Town and Country Club, London 1988 (Photo by Charles Paul Harris/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images) © Getty UNITED KINGDOM - CIRCA 1988: Photo of DJ Fontana at the Town and Country Club, London 1988 (Photo by Charles Paul Harris/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images) DJ Fontana, the drummer in Elvis' rock band, has died at the age of 87.

The musician died in his sleep on Wednesday night, his son confirmed in a heartbreaking Facebook post.

a person holding a guitar: The drummer worked with Elvis at the height of his career © Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited The drummer worked with Elvis at the height of his career David Fontana wrote: "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."

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When you hear D . J . Fontana playing his drums you are hearing a kid from Shreveport, LA tell you what he thinks music should sound like. Rock 'n' Roll had a clean slate. There were no drum parts written for him on those Elvis records.

Elvis drummer looks back on touring with the King. Fontana , who during the interview notes the influence Woody Herman Band and Louie Bellson had on his playing, added that he struggled to believe that Elvis had died when the news broke on 16 August 1977.

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