Ronnie Tutt died today at the age of 83.

Elvis Presley Enterprises announced the sad news via its website Saturday.

It said, “He was not only a legend drummer but he was also a friend to many of our Graceland colleagues.” He will be greatly missed by us all.”

Dallas-born Tutt worked six decades with Neil Diamond, Billy Joel, and Jerry Garcia.

You can hear his work on Joel’s Piano Man and Elvis Costello’s King of America.

For his 1969 Taking Care of Business tour (TCB), he joined guitarist James Burton, and other musicians who were to join Elvis for the famous Las Vegas opening.

Tutt revealed that until his audition on the tour, he had never been a fan of Elvis. Tutt said that once you have met him, and you see the charm he had, you can’t help but fall in love with what he does.

“We instantly had a wonderful rapport. “Our eyes kept an eye on each other visually.”

Presley used to joke about imitating karate moves while Tutt was drumming.

Tutt would be introduced to the audience by him and he would entertain them for hours with his rollicking drum solos.

Presley died in 1977. The stickman, who continued to work with Presley and played many years later with TCB musicians.

He was a prolific performer on the live stage and was often called upon by Kenny Rogers (Johnny Cash), Glen Campbell, Roy Orbison, and Glen Campbell.

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