On late Wednesday night, it was revealed that highly successful musician DJ Fontana passed away in his sleep. Fontana was the last remaining member of Elvis’ rock band.
The drummer passed away on Wednesday night in his sleep at the age of 87. His son, David Fontana, was the one to break the news to the public.
David said, “I told everyone that I would keep you posted. My Dad passed away in his sleep at 9:33 tonight. He was very comfortable with no pain. I will post more tomorrow when I have more information. We ask for privacy at this time. Thank you for your love and prayers.”
According to Mirror, Fontana began working with the King in 1954. His drumming was heard on several extreme hits, including “Jailhouse Rock,” “Hound Dog,” “Heartbreak Hotel,” and “Don’t Be Cruel.”
After the announcement, Sun Studios, where Elvis and DJ began their career, spoke out on Facebook.
They said, “We are extremely saddened to hear about the passing of legendary drummer D.J. Fontana. The band is all back together now.”
DJ reportedly worked with Elvis for several years and was one of the keys to his success. The band originally called themselves The Blue Moon Boys and included the two of them as well as Bill Black and Scotty Moore. While that band separated in 1958, DJ and Elvis continued to work together.
In 2009, DJ was inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. Additionally, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a sideman.
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