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D.J. Fontana, longtime drummer for Elvis Presley, dies at 87

SFGate Thursday, 14 June 2018
D.J. Fontana, longtime drummer for Elvis Presley, dies at 87MEMPHIS — D.J. Fontana, a rock ’n’ roll pioneer who rose from strip joints in his native Shreveport, La., to the heights of musical history as Elvis Presley’s first and longtime drummer, has died at 87, his wife said Thursday. Karen Fontana told the Associated Press that her husband died in his sleep in Nashville Wednesday night. She said he had been suffering complications from breaking his hip in 2016. “He was loved by everybody all over the world. He treated everybody like everybody was his friend,” she said. Presley’s former wife, Priscilla Presley, issued a statement calling him “a tremendously talented musician and a wonderful man.
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Drummer D.J. Fontana helped launch rock 'n' roll as Elvis Presley's sideman. His wife said Thursday her husband has died at age 87. According to AccessOnline.com, Karen Fontana says he died in his sleep in Nashville Wednesday night. Fontana rose from working Louisiana strip joints to the heights of...

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