Ronnie Tutt Biography – Ronnie Tutt Wiki
Ron Tutt, usually called Ronnie Tutt, was an American drummer best known for touring with Elvis Presley from 1969 to 1977 as part of the TCB (Taking Care of Business) Band. He joined Elvis’s group after his successful 1968 “comeback special,” taking the seat vacated by Presley’s longtime drummer D.J. Fontana – and stayed with Elvis until his death in 1977. Ronnie later toured with Neil Diamond’s band. He also recorded and performed with the likes of Johnny Cash, Glen Campbell, Kenny Rogers, Elvis Costello, Stevie Nicks, Michael McDonald, among others.
In addition to his work with Presley, he recorded and toured with the Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia for years on numerous side projects. As a well-regarded session player, he can also be heard on records by The Carpenters, Johnny Cash, Gram Parsons, Neil Diamond, Elvis Costello, and hits by Billy Joel like “Piano Man.”
In the mid-1970s he began recording and touring with Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead, both with the side project Legion of Mary and the Jerry Garcia Band. Tutt played with the JGB until late 1981.
As a session player, Tutt recorded on two Billy Joel albums Piano Man and Streetlife Serenade. He’s also sat in on Elvis Costello’s King of America sessions, Johnny Cash’s John R. Cash album, Los Lobos’s By The Light of the Moon, Passage by the Carpenters, and Gram Parsons’s Grievous Angel. Tutt also toured with Neil Diamond’s band, and can be heard on the Hot August Night II live album from 1987 as well as the more recent Hot August Night/NYC: Live From Madison Square Garden album and DVD from 2009.
Ronnie Tutt Age
He was born on March 12, 1938, in Dallas, Texas, United States. He died on October 16, 2021. He was 83 years old.
Ronnie Tutt Wife
Ronnie Tutt was married to Donna Tutt. They were married for 49 years.
Ronnie Tutt Children
Ronnie Tutt and Donna Tutt have three children; daughters Elisia Tutt Notermann and Terie Tutt; and son Jared.
Ronnie Tutt Family
The Dallas-born drummer is survived by Donna, his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Ronnie Tutt Death
Ronnie Tutt died at home surrounded by his family on October 16, 2021, at the age of 83. His death was confirmed by his daughter Terie Tutt in a Facebook post. “It’s with deep sadness that my family and I share the loss of our beloved dad,” Terie Tutt wrote. “The Legendary Drummer, Ronnie Tutt, ‘has left the building.'”
Elvis Presley Enterprises also confirmed his death in a statement shared on the official Graceland website on Saturday, October 16, 2021. “All of us with Elvis Presley Enterprises were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Ronnie Tutt. In addition to being a legendary drummer, he was a good friend to many of us here at Graceland,” reads the statement. “We enjoyed each time he joined us here to celebrate Elvis Week, Elvis’ Birthday and many other special occasions. Ronnie was an amazing ambassador to Elvis’ legacy – sharing his memories of working with Elvis with fans – as well as bringing Elvis’ music to arenas around the globe through later Elvis in Concert shows and performances.”
The statement concluded: “Our hearts go out to Donna, his family, his fellow TCB Band members – and to his fans around the world. He will be deeply missed by all of us.”
Friends, family and fans took to social media to pay tribute to the drummer. Jerry Garcia wrote on Instagram: “From Elvis to the Jerry Garcia Band, Neil Diamond, and countless other projects, Ron Tutt’s steady drumming kept the mystery train rolling to where no man has gone before. Fare thee well and thank you sir.”
Jay Osmond, the drummer for the family quintet The Osmonds, said: “My love and condolences to Donna Tutt [Ronnie Tutt’s wife] and the family. Yesterday, my mentor and friend, Ronnie Tutt passed away. He was my first drum teacher and it was my honor to know him. Not only did he shape my life as to where I developed my style of drumming, but also the way he conducted his life was an example to me. I was so blessed to stay connected with him through the years. Heaven is richer today with Ronnie Tutt there.”
Actor and comedian Rob Brydon tweeted: “So sad to hear that the great Ronnie Tutt has died. What a drummer. I was lucky enough to work with him on the Neil Diamond at The Palladium show we did for ITV. I still have the drumsticks he gave me as he came offstage. #RIP”
Musician Tanya Tucker said: “My heart is broken. One of My favorite touring drummers, TCB Ronnie Tutt has his wings now… Always wanted my drummers to resemble that Ronnie Tutt sound! I loved the way he played & of course I loved @ElvisPresley!!!”
Songwriter/lyricist Linda Thompson wrote in an Instagram post: “I have the fondest memories of one of the world’s greatest drummers EVER – and one of the nicest human beings, Ronnie Tutt! Ronnie was Elvis‘s drummer & friend for all the years I was with Elvis. Yesterday morning [October 16, 2021], in the comfort of his own home, surrounded by his loving family, the final beat of his heart joined the echo of Ronnie‘s drum beats that were heard around the world.
“My heartfelt sympathy goes out to the beautiful Donna Tutt who was Ronnie’s loving wife & devoted life partner for 49 years! Elvis used to say to me “you’ve got to watch Ronnie Tutt play those drums! His eyes and his face play along with his hands and feet.” May Ronnie’s beautiful spirit rest in the eternal music of the universe…”
Ronnie Tutt Cause of Death
Ronnie Tutt’s cause of death was not revealed. According to TMZ citing Ronnie Tutt’s wife, Donna Tutt, he died of natural causes at his home in Franklin, Tennessee.
Ronnie Tutt Health
He had a longtime heart condition. He did not want to be hospitalized as there was nothing more doctors could do, Donna told TMZ.
Ronnie Tutt Net Worth
Drummer Ronnie Tutt’s net worth is estimated to be $5 million.