Go to main content

Ronnie Tutt Classic Drummer

January 26, 2015 | People

Great News that Ronnie Tutt has been inducted into the 'Classic Drummer Hall of Fame'.

The magazine notes...  Whenever you see film of The King slaying an audience in one of his trademark jumpsuits, the man driving the groove and punching Elvis' every move is none other than the great Ron Tutt. Whether in the studio or on the stage, Presley trusted Ron to support the emotion of the moment and the feel of the music.

Of course when an artist spends a decade working with an icon, his other work can often be overshadowed. However, after Elvis' death, Tutt was invited to join Neil Diamond as his permanent touring and studio drummer. In addition, he's either performed with or recorded with such greats as Glen Campbell, Johnny Cash and Kenny Rogers, Los Lobos, Elvis Costello and Jerry Garcia. He's even worked with pop stars Billy Joel, the Carpenters, Stevie Nicks and Michael McDonald, and his work on Roy Orbison's In Black and White Live is time capsule worthy.

In addition to other projects, today Ron Tutt still plays with the King as part of the "virtual Elvis" tour along with his former band mates and an audio-visual representations of ELVIS.

little jimmy tompkin wrote on January 26, 2015
about time - just need to get rid of ringo starr - lucky guy but can he play wipe-out !
rai wrote on January 27, 2015
Congrats Ronnie. Though the induction is overdue, but it is better late than never. Enjoy the moment and thank you for the great performance that keeps us wanting to see you more.
dailyone wrote on January 28, 2015
Wipeout by Ronnie , yes he could but would have to rest for a week after playing it. Tiring work on Wipeout , make any senior drummer squirm . .
Natha wrote on January 29, 2015
When I was young I always thought that Animal from the Muppets had Ronnie as his example! It could well be as he stands in line with great drummers like Gene Krupa but then for this time. He deserves it.
Gorse wrote on January 29, 2015
Not that I am at all biased haha ....but the whole regular band should be recognised IMHO. The hours of entertainment they have given me over many years have allowed that wonderful journey into escapism we all need in this life.
benny scott wrote on January 29, 2015
Good remark and very true Gorse ! I second this. Always El.
Natha wrote on January 30, 2015
Wow, Gorse. That is a fantastic remark. Like Benny, I second this motion wholeheartedly!
Gorse wrote on January 30, 2015
Thank you Benny and Natha. I usually play at least 2 or 3 songs daily on my IPod and today I was transported by Stay Away, Edge of Reality, and Island of Love but then reality returned me to the challenges of this cold snow hit day.
Deano1 wrote on January 31, 2015
This is a well deserved and long overdue honor for Ronnie Tutt....As far as Ringo not belonging in this hall of fame, that is just crazy. He may not be a great drummer, but he probably inspired more people to take up playing the drums than any other performer. Elvis was honored by a martial arts hall of fame, not because of his skills (ranged anywhere from second to eighth degree) but because of the exposure he brought the sport. Ringo was the drummer of the #1 rock and roll band in history and he made playing the drums cool.
Deke Rivers 6 wrote on February 16, 2015
I watched Neil Diamond recently only to see Ronnie.......Neil Diamond was quite boring & Ronnie seemed subduded, I suppose his reaction to Diamond's song's.