Elvis Presley's drummer Ronnie Tutt, part of the TCB Band, dies at 83

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Ronnie Tutt, drummer for Elvis Presley and an original member of the TCB Band, has died at 83.

In a Facebook post early Sunday, Terie Tutt confirmed that her father died at home surrounded by his family. “It’s with deep sadness that my family and I share the loss of our beloved dad," she wrote. "The Legendary Drummer, Ronnie Tutt, 'has left the building.' "

Elvis Presley Enterprises shared the news of Tutt's death Saturday morning, writing on the Graceland website "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."

EPE described Tutt as "an amazing ambassador to Elvis’ legacy," one who shared his memories of working with Elvis with fans, and later performed Presley's music worldwide in "Elvis in Concert" shows.

Drummer Ronnie Tutt, who played in Elvis Presley's TCB Band, has died at 83.
Drummer Ronnie Tutt, who played in Elvis Presley's TCB Band, has died at 83.

Tutt played drums in the TCB Band (short for "Taking Care of Business," a famed Elvis catchphrase) from 1969, when the star began his residency in Las Vegas, until Presley's death at age 42 in 1977. He later toured with Neil Diamond's band, and recorded or performed with Johnny Cash, Kenny Rogers, Stevie Nicks, Elvis Costello, Billy Joel, Jerry Garcia, Roy Orbison, The Carpenters and many others.

Tutt's wife, Donna, told TMZ that he died of natural causes, surrounded by family, at his home in Franklin, Tennessee.

Contributing: Kim Willis, USA TODAY, and The Associated Press

This article originally appeared on Memphis Commercial Appeal: Elvis Presley drummer dies: Ronnie Tutt, 83, played in the TCB Band

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