RIP DJ Fontana

by Chris Murray on June 16, 2018

DJ Fontana, Elvis’ original drummer, passed away on Wednesday. DJ was integral to Elvis’ magical sound in 1956. Alfred Wertheimer took the greatest photographs ever of Elvis Presley in 1956. Here is a great one of DJ playing drums at the earth shaking recording session on July 2, 1956 at RCA Studios in New York, where they recorded that day Hound Dog, Don’t Be Cruel, and Any Way You Want Me. That was Elvis’ best band with DJ, Scotty Moore, and Bill Black. God Bless DJ Fontana.

July 2, 1956, RCA Studios, New York City. Photograph by Alfred Wertheimer.

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