Ronald Ellis Tutt was born on March 12, 1938, in Dallas, the one little one of Frank and Gladys Tutt. His father owned a dry-cleaning enterprise; his mom was a homemaker.
Younger Ronnie took dance classes at an early age. His first instrument was ukulele, adopted by guitar, violin and trumpet. He didn’t start enjoying the drums till his senior 12 months in highschool.
“Once I was 3, I began dancing, so the rhythm of every little thing was extra necessary to me than the melodic,” Mr. Tutt mentioned, discussing his affinity for the drums in a 2016 interview with the web site Elvis Australia. “I used to be pissed off with enjoying trumpet and guitar as a result of I needed to precise myself rhythmically. It was an easy transition.”
He labored as a drummer with Presley till Presley’s demise in 1977. He then performed on recordings by the Carpenters, Mink DeVille and others earlier than becoming a member of Mr. Diamond’s band, as a drummer and background singer, in 1981. Onstage, Mr. Tutt routinely drew ovations for his drum crescendos throughout performances of Mr. Diamond’s 1969 pop hit “Holly Holy.”
He remained with Mr. Diamond till 2018, whereas persevering with to do studio work on tasks like Mr. Costello’s “King of America” (1986) and Los Lobos’ “By the Mild of the Moon” (1987). From 1997 to the mid-2010s he additionally appeared in “Elvis: The Live performance,” a touring extravaganza that featured video footage of Presley performing, with new reside backing by members of the TCB band and different musicians.
Along with his spouse, Mr. Tutt is survived by seven daughters, Cindy Rutter, Tina Dempsey, Christine Edson, Terie Tutt, Rhonda Henderson, Elisia Notermann and Rachael Dodson; two sons, Ron Jr. and Jared; 16 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. One other son, Nathan, died 10 years in the past.