Elvis’s drummer Fontana dies at 87
ELVIS Presley’s drummer DJ Fontana, who played on classic hits such as Jailhouse Rock, Hound Dog and Heartbreak Hotel, has died aged 87.
The US musician, whose real name was Dominic Joseph, died on Wednesday his son David confirmed.
Fontana began his career alongside Elvis in the 1950s, along with guitarist Scotty Moore and Bill Black on bass.
They formed The Blue Moon Boys and supported Elvis in his early years until 1958. Despite the group breaking up Fontana continued to play and record with the music icon in the 1960s. Elvis died in 1977, aged 42.
Fontana was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009 and appeared in four of Presley’s films – Jailhouse Rock, Loving You, King Creole and G.I. Blues. He leaves behind a wife, Karen.
DJ Fontana on drums and Bill Black on bass in a 1950s show with Elvis. Below, the drummer in later years