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D.J. Fontana

Induction category: Sideman


D.J. Fontana (drums; born March 15, 1931) D.J. Fontana got hired in 1955 as Elvis Presley’s drummer, expanding the group to a four-piece and becoming the first rockabilly drummer in the bargain. At the time, Fontana was the house drummer for the Louisiana Hayride, a radio show out of Shreveport, La., and he backed up Presley and bandmates Bill Black and Scotty Moore when they came to play. It worked so well he was asked to join the group a few months later. As a drummer, Fontana’s laid-back, straight-ahead style ideally suited Presley, Black and Moore, complementing rather than overwhelming ...

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