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Ronnie Tutt (1938–2021), drummer for Elvis Presley, Jerry Garcia

by Linnea Crowther

Ronnie Tutt was a drummer who performed and recorded with artists including Elvis Presley (1935–1977) and Jerry Garcia (1942–1995).

TCB Band, “Piano Man,” and more

Tutt was one of the original members of the TCB Band, Presley’s backing band from 1969 until his death in 1977. Tutt remained with the TCB Band throughout their time with Presley as well as joining them for several reunions. He played on Two Billy Joel albums, including the 1973 classic “Piano Man.” In 1974, Tutt began playing drums with the Jerry Garcia Band, touring and recording several studio albums. He worked regularly with Neil Diamond and played with a wide variety of other artists including Johnny Cash (1932–2003), Kenny Rogers (1938–2020), Elvis Costello, the Carpenters, and Stevie Nicks.

Tutt on performing with Presley and Garcia

“I’d always laugh because one night I’d be in Vegas playing with rhinestone two-piece outfits and the next night I’d be out with Garcia with the tie-dye and a pair of jeans. Socially speaking it was really different.” —from a 2017 interview for Rolling Stone

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Full obituary: Yahoo! Entertainment

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