The Dallas-born drummer was also a distinguished touring and session musician.
Ronnie Tut, drummer for the Elvis Presley, Jerry Garcia Band and others, has died at the age of 83, it has been confirmed.
The musician was born in Dallas, Texas in 1938 and was an original member of Presley’s TCB band, which was formed in 1969. No cause of death has been made public at present.
His daughter Terry Tutt confirmed her father’s death in a Facebook post today (October 17), saying he had died at home surrounded by family. Terry wrote, “It is with great sadness that my family and I share the loss of our beloved father.” “The Legendary Drummer, Ronnie Tut, ‘Has Left the Building.'”
Yesterday (16 October), Elvis Presley Enterprises also paid tribute to the drummer. on the Graceland website. “We, along with Elvis Presley Enterprises, are all deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Ronnie Tut,” the message read. “In addition to being a great drummer, he was a good friend to many of us here at Graceland.
We along with Elvis Presley Enterprises are all deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Ronnie Tut. Apart from being a great drummer, he was a good friend to many of us. (reposted from @VisitGraceland) pic.twitter.com/RQPsuxTqib
— Elvis Presley (@ElvisPresley) October 17, 2021
“We enjoyed it whenever he joined us to celebrate Elvis Week, the birthday of Elvis and many other special occasions. Ronnie was a wonderful ambassador for Elvis’ legacy – sharing his memories of working with Elvis. Sharing with fans – as well as bringing Elvis’ music to arenas around the world through later Elvis in concert shows and performances.”
As well as drumming in the TCB band and in a 1968 comeback special for Presley at his 1969 Las Vegas opening show and other residency, Tutt also performed with the first line-up of the Jerry Garcia band.
He also became an iconic touring and session musician, supporting the likes of Neil Diamond, Gram Parsons, Elvis Costello and Johnny Cash. He also appeared on Lindsay Buckingham and Stevie Nicks’ solo studio album as a duo, ‘Buckingham Nicks’.
Tributes have started pouring in on social media by friends, family and fans. Actor and comedian Rob Brydon wrote: “Very sad to hear that the great Ronnie Tutt has passed away. What a drummer I was lucky enough to work with him in Neil Diamond on the Palladium show we did for ITV. I still have the drumsticks he gave me as soon as I left the stage. “
Very sad to hear that the great Ronnie Tut has passed away. What a drummer I was lucky enough to work with him in Neil Diamond on the Palladium show we did for ITV. I still have the drumsticks he gave me as soon as I left the stage. #tear out
— Rob Brydon (@RobBrydon) October 17, 2021
The Oak Ridge Boys called Tut “one of the greatest drummers of all time”, while musician Tanya Tucker said the musician was “one of his favorite touring drummers”.
— Oak Ridge Boys (@oakridgeboys) October 17, 2021
My heart is broken. One of my favorite touring drummers, TCB Ronnie Tut now has wings… Always wanted my drummer to sound like Ronnie Tut! I liked the way he played and of course I liked @Elvis Presley!!! ️🥁
— Tanya Tucker (@tanyatucker) October 17, 2021
See more tributes below.
We just heard the news that Ronnie Tutt passed away today (10/16/21) at the age of 83. Our deepest condolences to his family, friends, colleagues and all those who were affected and whose lives were enriched by his amazing talent.
Thanks for the music, Ron. pic.twitter.com/Bo0kLC7NUW
— TCBcast (@TCBCast) October 17, 2021
Not the most famous but the most influential person is my father-in-law, “On drums, hardworking Ronnie Tut.” This legendary drummer has done it all, featuring Elvis, Black and White Knight, Neil Diamond and more. All the while being an incredible father and family man. legend. https://t.co/Gcv0FtjfLj pic.twitter.com/VsPWMArN8Y
— Hilary Myatt (@BadMomzilla) September 23, 2021
RIP Ronnie Tut. Can’t believe you are gone. Thank you for your wonderful talent and passion for music! you will be missed! soar ronnie xxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxx pic.twitter.com/UW6l38zOA1
— Jenna Marie Orchard (@Guinevere130302) October 17, 2021
— Dennis Fott (@dfaught76) October 17, 2021
Incredibly sad news is coming to Elvis World. Ronnie Tutt has died in the United States and is now supporting Elvis in his late band.
Ronnie was Elvis’s drummer throughout Vegas and concert years, thanks to his driving style and the way he was accompanied by every move and twitch by Elvis. pic.twitter.com/KoTuElBCbN
— Mark Elvis Goddard (@GBsBestElvis) October 17, 2021
It’s like Elvis playing drums through Ronnie. What is the team? As these clips show, they seemed to be enjoying it. RIP Hard Worker Ronnie Tut https://t.co/7QeGs3eSiy
— Noble Elvis (@elbonekim) October 17, 2021