Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by stollar, Jun 14, 2018 at 4:53 AM.
RIP, Mr. Fontana. What a world!
An amazing talent, and was integral to getting this thing called rock 'n roll off to a rollicking start. His playing was the perfect fit for all those seminal records. I mean, the guy played on Hound Dog, Don't Be Cruel, Jailhouse Rock, Love Me, My Baby Left Me, All Shook Up, Teddy Bear, It's Now Or Never, and so many others. Wow.
People who are not even born yet will one day dance to DJ's beat. That is a legacy.
Thanks for the rhythm and all the great records you played on Mr. Fontana. RIP.
Rest easy, Mr. Fontana.
Rock on, guys!
Seemed like a really good guy.
And with that, the end of an era. Four amazing talented men, now all passed and reunited in the great beyond, that were part of an incredible music explosion that changed my life, along with the lives of so many others: past, present and future. #longliverockandroll
R.I.P. A great drummer
RIP DJ. You will never be forgotten.
Aww...he was one of the early greats!
Damn, all of them are gone now.
Rest In Peace, Mr Fontana
Where are my boys?
.... Old men of rock and roll
came bearing music
Where are they now?
.... Old wild men, waiting for miracles
Lord have mercy upon the many ..
hvíldu í friði, Mr. Fontana
You brought it, and left it with us ..
.. thank you beyond words ∞
Had the good fortune of seeing Mr. Fontana as part of a mind-blowing Elvis 53rd birthday tribute show in Atlantic City in January 1988:
Wow, that would have been an incredible show!
Great drumming, from such a basic kit. It's not all about having 7 toms and 30+ cymbals, it's really about feel and groove.
RIP DJ, wow 87 and what amazing journey!
Funny thing about that photo is that he doesn't have a bottom drum skin on the mounted tom, but still has the bottom rim in place.
Here's a more recent pick of that kit (a Gretsch):
Imagine being there and hearing them play, fantastic!
As the drummer on so many great and historically important records, DJ Fontana may be dead but he's gonna outlive us all.
RIP DJ and thank you.
Hope ya'll are jamming up there
Just in case anyone wonders, per Scotty Moore's website Scotty Moore - Ellis Auditorium
Scotty, Elvis, Bill and DJ at Ellis Auditorium - Memphis, Tennessee - May 15, 1956 photo by Robert Dye
Just think of the billions of people around the world who tapped their toes to Mr. Fontana drum beats.
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