RIP. D.J Fontana

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by stollar, Jun 14, 2018.

  1. stollar

    stollar Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Bærum Norway
    Karen Fontana has confirmed that he died tonight.
  2. Longers

    Longers Forum Resident

    One of the great greats, what a life he had !

    RIP Mr Fontana
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  3. Allen Michael

    Allen Michael Fuh you blue

  4. Holy Diver

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  5. Royce

    Royce Forum Resident

    Hound Dog was the record that started it all for me when I was a kid. I remember watching that label go 'round and round while I stood there transfixed.
    Rat-a Tat-Tata Tat-Tata Tat-Tata Ta BOOM! That was IT, I was going to be a musician, and I am. I've met many wonderful people, and had and still have, a great time playing.

    Thanks DJ, and RIP old friend.
  6. GyroSE

    GyroSE Forum Resident

  7. Flaming Torch

    Flaming Torch Forum Resident

    Very sad news. I have always thought of the drums on Hound Dog as making it the first real rock record.
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  8. Mylene

    Mylene Forum Resident

  9. goodiesguy

    goodiesguy Real Wild Child

    New Zealand
    His drumming on those Elvis sides is unsurpassed IMO. A Big Hunk O'Love is one fantastic rocking record, the hardest Presley ever rocked!

    R.I.P DJ Fontana :(
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  10. Rick Bartlett

    Rick Bartlett Forum Resident

    OH hell! terrible to hear this. One of the greats. Good run at 87.
    Forever remembered in the history books and the music.
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  11. Mook

    Mook Forum Resident

    One of the greats, not many drummers who could swing a rock song like he did.
  12. Royce

    Royce Forum Resident

    Absolutely, Torch. Those drums are so B-I-G sounding. DJ is the drummer I think of when I think of Elvis. As good as Buddy Harmon, Ronnie Tutt and Larrie London are, they didn't have that "Playing behind a stripper" kind of feel that DJ had. It was just tight enough to hold it together yet loose enough to make you feel it could go off the rails at any moment.
  13. Maranatha5585

    Maranatha5585 Forum Resident

    Down South
    D. J. Fontana RIP +
    Thank you Sir for everything.

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  14. The Killer

    The Killer I'm Gonna Get Your Gumbo

    Great drummer in the greatest band.
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  15. rod sphere

    rod sphere Forum Resident

    San Jose, CA, USA
    Wow. that is all i can type right now. he was the first drummer. in a way, right?..i didn't have any idea or thought that he could still be alive. How I take stuff for granted. He was the one on the drums with Elvis. Nothing more needs to be said. He played on so many sides and with many artists. What a tremendous gift and joy he gave to us. You will be remembered as long as there is rock n roll.
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  16. rod sphere

    rod sphere Forum Resident

    San Jose, CA, USA
    1st drummer, like rock n roll, just to clarify...but then there's earl palmer, etc......
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  17. Cousin It

    Cousin It Forum Resident

    Sydney, Australia
    R.I.P. Mr Fontana.
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  18. artfromtex

    artfromtex Honky Tonkin' Metal-Head

    Fort Worth, TX
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  19. BradOlson

    BradOlson Country/Christian Music Maven

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  20. MikaelaArsenault

    MikaelaArsenault Forum Resident

    New Hampshire
  21. clhboa

    clhboa Forum Resident

    R.I.P. Spent a lot of hours listening to his playing.
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  22. Dennis Metz

    Dennis Metz Born In A Motor City!

    Fonthill, Ontario
    Very sad news. RIP
  23. hodgo

    hodgo Tea Making Gort (Yorkshire Branch) Staff

    East Yorkshire
    Oh Damn another one of the greats has now departed.

    R.I.P DJ and thank you!
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  24. JoeRockhead

    JoeRockhead Forum Resident

    New Jersey
    Got to meet him in 2006 in Memphis at the Ponderosa Stomp. Here he is with Deke Dickerson and Sonny Burgess:

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