The man of the trotting team grooves behind Hound Dog and Jailhouse Rock is no more.
D. J. Fontana, the first drummer of Elvis Presley, on Wednesday died. That his son David Fontana Thursday reported via Facebook. Fontana was 87 years old.
D. J. (Dominic James) Fontana met Presley in 1954 and formed with guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black for years, his first band, The Blue Moon Boys. Fontana played on 460 Elvisnummers, including hits such as Heartbreak Hotel, Love Me Tender, Jailhouse Rock, Return To Sender, and Viva Las Vegas.
The music magazine Rolling Stone placed Fontana, thirteen in its list of best drummers of all time, for legends like Steve Gadd and Buddy Rich. The magazine praised Levon Helm, drummer of The Band, him for his incredible speed and technique. Together with Bill Black, he received in 2009 for a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for achtergrondmuzikanten.