RIP. D.J Fontana

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

  1. john hp

    john hp Forum Resident

    Warwickshire, UK

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  2. Boswell

    Boswell Forum Resident

    RIP, Mr. Fontana. What a world!
  3. Shawn

    Shawn Forum Resident

    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.
  4. artfromtex

    artfromtex Honky Tonkin' Metal-Head

    Fort Worth, TX
    People who are not even born yet will one day dance to DJ's beat. That is a legacy.
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  5. pseudopod

    pseudopod Forum Resident

    Winnipeg, Canada
    Thanks for the rhythm and all the great records you played on Mr. Fontana. RIP.
  6. dlokazip

    dlokazip Forum Transient

    Austin, TX, USA
    Rest easy, Mr. Fontana.

    Rock on, guys!
  7. Dirkwkirk

    Dirkwkirk Forum Resident

    Seemed like a really good guy.:sigh:
  8. 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
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  9. Aftermath

    Aftermath Senior Member

    R.I.P. A great drummer
  10. MaestroDavros

    MaestroDavros Forum Resident

    D.C. Metro Area
    RIP DJ. You will never be forgotten.
  11. Chemguy

    Chemguy Forum Resident

    Aww...he was one of the early greats!
  12. Shawn

    Shawn Forum Resident

  13. Zoot Marimba

    Zoot Marimba And I’m The Critic Of The Group

    Damn, all of them are gone now.

    Rest In Peace, Mr Fontana
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  14. angelo73

    angelo73 ⬚⿻⬚⿻⬚

    Michigan, USA
    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
  15. jmxw

    jmxw Forum Resident

    ithaca, ny
  16. majorlance

    majorlance Open-minded skeptic

    Collingswood, NJ
    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:
    • Roy Orbison
    • Carl Perkins
    • Charlie Rich
    • The Jordanaires
    RIP, D.J.
  17. Shawn

    Shawn Forum Resident

    Wow, that would have been an incredible show!
  18. Overthehillsandfaraway

    Overthehillsandfaraway Forum Resident

    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.
  19. longdist01

    longdist01 Forum Resident

    Chicago, IL USA
    RIP DJ, wow 87 and what amazing journey!
  20. Shawn

    Shawn Forum Resident

    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):

  21. The Killer

    The Killer I'm Gonna Get Your Gumbo

    Imagine being there and hearing them play, fantastic!
  22. ash1

    ash1 Forum Resident

    bristol uk
    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.
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  23. MRamble

    MRamble Forum Resident

    RIP DJ.
    Hope ya'll are jamming up there
  24. 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
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  25. soundboy

    soundboy Forum Resident

    Just think of the billions of people around the world who tapped their toes to Mr. Fontana drum beats.

    Rock On!

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