Basic Background Info

Birth: 1938
Location: Dallas, Texas
Band: Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Neil Young, Johnny Rivers, Barbara Streisand, Billy Joel, Emmylou Harris, David Cassidy, The Carpenters, Jerry Garcia
Genres: Country, Pop, Rock
Instruments: Drums
Occupation: Musician



Ron Tutt was born an entertainer. He started taking voice and tap lessons at the age of three, playing violin in the school orchestra by nine, winning first prize playing ukulele in a Dallas contest at ten, and at the age of eleven he danced on Dallas's first live broadcast television program.

During high school Ron Tutt decided to play drums. Ron Tutt's aptitute with other instruments helped him excel with the drums. Ron studied music at the University of North Texas. Ron Tutt became a staff member at two local jingle studios, where he provided drums and vocals; meanwhile he played gigs throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

Ron Tutt moved to Memphis in 1963 during a very exciting time in the city's music history. He played with some of Memphis' great rhythm sections and, in 1969, he auditioned to play with Elvis Presley, who was assembling a band for a Las Vegas engagement. Ron Tutt's innate talent and a musical connection with Elvis helped him earn him the position. Ron Tutt could read Elvis and anticipate his direction with every song. Ron Tutt worked with Elvis onstage and in the recording studio from 1969 until 1977.

After working with Presley, Ron Tutt was a studio drummer in Los Angeles, but he eventually returned to Tennessee and settled in Nashville. Ron Tutt recorded and toured with an amazing list of people spanning many genres, including Emmylou Harris, The Carpenters, Jerry Garcia, Captain and Tennille, Stevie Nicks, Kenny Rogers, Elvis Costello, Los Lobos, Jerry Garcia, Billy Joel, and Helen Reddy.

Since 1981, Ron Tutt has performed with the Neil Diamond Band, touring worldwide and recording. He took a break from their tour in 1999 after he underwent heart surgery. Ron currently resides in Nashville with his family. Ron Tutt still performs as a part of the virtual Elvis tour with his former band mates and audio-video representations of Elvis.


Album Year Album Name Album Band
1956 Elvis Elvis Presley
1966 Lord of the Past Bob Bennett
1969 Barbara Keith Barbara Keith
1969 Evolution Hedge & Donna
1969 Mother Hen Mother Hen
1970 Elvis in Person at the International Hotel, Las Vegas Elvis Presley
1970 On My Way to Where Dory Previn
1970 On Stage: February 1970 Elvis Presley
1970 Richard Twice Richard Twice
1970 Slim Slo Slider Johnny Rivers
1970 Special Circumstances Hedge & Donna
1970 That's the Way It Is Elvis Presley
1970 To Bonnie from Delaney Delaney & Bonnie
1971 Collector's Gold Elvis Presley
1971 Dollar$ Quincy Jones
1971 Helen Reddy Helen Reddy
1971 Home Grown Johnny Rivers
1971 Improved Mason Williams
1971 Mythical Kings and Iguanas Dory Previn
1971 Nevada Fighter Michael Nesmith
1971 Obituary George Gerdes
1971 Rock Requiem Lalo Schifrin
1971 Sometimes a Great Nation Henry Mancini
1971 Stoney End Barbra Streisand
1971 Sunstorm John Stewart
1971 Handcuffed to a Heartache Mary K. Miller
1972 Ballad of Goodness & Mercy Balderdash
1972 Barbara Keith Barbara Keith
1972 Benny Benny Hester
1972 Billy Joe Thomas B.J. Thomas
1972 Elvis as Recorded at Madison Square Garden Elvis Presley
1972 G.P. Gram Parsons
1972 Gladstone Gladstone
1972 Mary C. Brown and the Hollywood Sign Dory Previn
1972 Rock'n'Roll Lullaby B.J. Thomas
1972 Through the Eyes of a Horn Jim Horn
1973 Buckingham Nicks Buckingham Nicks
1973 Children's Dreams John Hurley
1973 Elvis Elvis Presley
1973 Grievous Angel Gram Parsons
1973 Lookin' for a Smile Gladstone
1973 Piano Man Billy Joel
1973 Playing/Singing Larry Carlton
1973 Raised on Rock Elvis Presley
1973 Vagabonds Roost Sherman Hayes
1973 Delivers One More Hallelujah John Hurley
1974 Beat Around the Bush Sarah Kernochan
1974 Dory Previn Dory Previn
1974 Garcia (Compliments) Jerry Garcia
1974 Hagers Hagers
1974 Hugo in Wonder-Land Hugo Montenegro
1974 Streetlife Serenade Billy Joel
1974 True Love Alexander Harvey
1974 Hollywood Town Harriet Schock
1975 A.K.A. Lorenzo Larry Hosford
1975 Cowboy Afraid of Horses Lobo
1975 Elite Hotel Emmylou Harris
1975 Higher They Climb the Harder They Fall David Cassidy
1975 New Arrangement Jackie DeShannon
1975 Pieces of the Sky Emmylou Harris
1975 Silver Morning Kenny Rankin
1975 Today Elvis Presley
1975 Wendy Waldman Wendy Waldman
1975 Wingless Angels John Stewart
1976 Deardorff & Joseph Deardorff & Joseph
1976 Glass Heart Allan Rich
1976 Home Is Where the Heart Is David Cassidy
1976 I Hear Music England Dan & John Ford Coley
1976 Reflections Jerry Garcia
1976 Silverado Silverado
1976 Sleepless Nights Gram Parsons & The Flying Burrito Brothe
1977 Nancy Shanx Nancy Shanx
1977 Night Life Maxine Nightingale
1977 Passage The Carpenters
1978 Cats Under the Stars Jerry Garcia
1978 Christmas Portrait The Carpenters
1978 Dream Captain & Tennille
1978 Live in London Helen Reddy
1978 Profile: Best of Emmylou Harris Emmylou Harris
1978 Thistles BIM
1978 Two Gale Force
1979 Blue Kentucky Girl Emmylou Harris
1979 Open Your Eyes Maria Muldaur
1979 Suspended Animation Evie Sands
1980 Chat Bleu Mink DeVille
1980 Island Nights Tony Sciuto
1981 Made in America The Carpenters
1981 Red Rocking Chair Doc & Merle Watson
1982 Heartlight Neil Diamond
1982 Run for the Roses Jerry Garcia
1982 Sheffield Drum & Track Disc Sheffield Track Record
1982 Midnight Prowl Angelo
1983 Voice of the Heart The Carpenters
1984 Desert Rose Chris Hillman
1984 Old Fashioned Christmas The Carpenters
1984 Primitive Neil Diamond
1985 Greatest Hits, Vols. 1 & 2 (1973-1985) Billy Joel
1985 Lovelines The Carpenters
1985 Yesterday Once More The Carpenters
1986 Headed for the Future Neil Diamond
1986 King of America Elvis Costello
1987 By the Light of the Moon Los Lobos
1987 Hot August Night II Neil Diamond
1987 Out of Our Idiot Elvis Costello
1987 Wind & The Wheat Phil Keaggy
1988 Black and White Night Live [Video] Roy Orbison
1989 Black and White Night Live Roy Orbison & Friends
1990 Best of Delaney & Bonnie Delaney & Bonnie
1990 Classic Country Music, Vol. 4 Various Artists
1990 G.P./Grievous Angel Gram Parsons
1990 Praise 8 The Maranatha! Singers
1990 We Shall Stand: The Spiritual Warfare Series, Vol. 2 The Maranatha! Singers
1991 From the Top The Carpenters
1991 Lovescape Neil Diamond
1992 Greatest Hits (1966-1992) Neil Diamond
1993 Temptation Shelby Lynne
1994 Amazing Grace: His Greatest Sacred Songs Elvis Presley
1994 Cannons in the Rain/Wingless Angels [Bear Family] John Stewart
1994 Eye of a Hurricane The Flying Burrito Brothers
1995 Interpretations: A 25th Anniversary Celebration The Carpenters
1995 King of America Elvis Costello
1995 Live a Little, Love a Little/Charro!/The Trouble With Elvis Presley
1995 Live in America Neil Diamond
1995 Walk a Mile in My Shoes: The Essential 70's Masters Elvis Presley
1996 In My Lifetime Neil Diamond
1996 Love Is the Only Goal: The Best of Wendy Waldman Wendy Waldman
1996 Peaceful: The Best of Kenny Rankin Kenny Rankin
1996 Portraits Emmylou Harris
1996 Tennessee Moon Neil Diamond
1996 Watson Country Doc & Merle Watson
1996 When I'm a Rock 'n' Roll Star: The David Cassidy Coll David Cassidy
1997 Complete Hits Collection 1973-1997: Limited Edition Billy Joel
1997 Takoma Eclectic Sampler Various Artists
1998 Christmas Collection The Carpenters
1998 Greatest Hits, Vols. 1 & 2 (1973-1985) Billy Joel
1998 Mary C. Brown and the Hollywood Sign Dory Previn
1998 Mythical Kings and Iguanas/Reflections in a Mud Puddl Dory Previn
1998 Reflections The Carpenters
1998 Yesterday Once More The Carpenters
1999 Artist of the Century Elvis Presley
2000 By Request The Carpenters
2000 Cancionero: Mas y Mas Los Lobos
2000 Cannons in the Rain/Wingless Angels John Stewart
2000 Singles 1969-1981 The Carpenters
2000 Songwriter's Project, Vol. 1 Paul Overstreet
2000 That's the Way It Is Elvis Presley
2001 Anthology: The Warner/Reprise Years Emmylou Harris
2001 Cadillac Walk: The Mink DeVille Collection Mink DeVille
2001 Don't Let Go Jerry Garcia Band
2001 Live in Las Vegas [Box Set] Elvis Presley
2001 Nevada Fighter/Tantamount to Treason Michael Nesmith
2001 Three Chord Opera Neil Diamond
2002 Andy Andy Williams
2002 Classic Album Collection, Vol. 2 Andy Williams
2002 Essential Collection (1965-1997) The Carpenters
2003 22 Hits of Carpenters The Carpenters
2003 Carpenters Perform Carpenter The Carpenters
2003 Chat Bleu Mink DeVille
2003 Elvis at the International Elvis Presley
2003 Elvis: Close Up Elvis Presley
2003 Gold: Greatest Hits [Deluxe Sound & Vision] The Carpenters
2003 Pictures & Rhymes Jim Weatherly
2003 Producer's Cut Emmylou Harris
2003 Stages: Performances 1970-2002 Neil Diamond
2003 Sunstorm [2003 Reissue] John Stewart
2003 Sweet Harmony/Open Your Eyes Maria Muldaur
2004 All Good Things: Jerry Garcia Studio Sessions Jerry Garcia
2004 As Time Goes By The Carpenters
2004 Elite Hotel Emmylou Harris
2004 Gold: Greatest Hits [35th Anniversary Edition] The Carpenters
2004 Impossible Dream Elvis Presley
2004 Pieces of the Sky Emmylou Harris
2004 Pure Jerry: Theatre 1839, San Francisco July 29 & 30, Jerry Garcia Band
2004 Sheffield Lab Drum and Track Disc Various Artists
2004 Sittin' Here Pickin' the Blues Doc Watson/Merle Watson
2005 Cats Under the Stars Jerry Garcia
2005 Garcia (Compliments) Jerry Garcia
2005 Gold The Carpenters
2005 Jerry Garcia Collection, Vol. 1: Legion of Mary Jerry Garcia
2005 King of America Elvis Costello
2005 Ladder to the Stars: Garcia Plays Dylan Jerry Garcia
2005 Legion of Mary: Absolute Mary Jerry Garcia
2005 Live from Las Vegas Elvis Presley
2005 Love Medicine Scout Cloud Lee
2005 Mountain Movin' Medicine Scout Cloud Lee
2005 Reflections Jerry Garcia
2005 Run for the Roses Jerry Garcia
2005 Singles 1969-1981 The Carpenters
2005 Songs of Joy: The Complete C&T Collection Captain & Tennille
2006 Black Mountain Rag Doc Watson/Merle Watson
2006 Essential Roy Orbison Roy Orbison
2006 Sugar Hill Records: A Retrospective [Box Set] Various Artists
2006 Twenty Twenty: The Esssential T Bone Burnett T Bone Burnett
2006 Very Best of Jerry Garcia Jerry Garcia
2006 Wolf Tracks: The Best of Los Lobos Los Lobos
2007 Drum Duets, Vol. 1 John Wackerman
2007 Songbird: Rare Tracks & Forgotten Gems Emmylou Harris
2008 Honey Songs Jim Lauderdale
2008 The Best of the Box Roy Orbison
2009 Let It Rock: The Jerry Garcia Collection Vol. 2 Jerry Garcia Band
2009 Hot August Night/NYC: Live from Madison Square Garden (DVD) Neil Diamond
2009 Hot August Night/NYC Neil Diamond
2009 40/40 Carpenters
2010 Patchwork River Jim Lauderdale
2012 Complete Columbia Albums Collection Johnny Cash
2013 The Mancini Generation/Hangin' Out with Henery Mancini Henry Mancini & His Orchestra
2013 Skydog: The Duane Allman Retrospective Duane Allman
2013 Made in California The Beach Boys
2013 Garcia Live Vol. 3: Dec. 14-15 1974 Northwest Tour Jerry Garcia Band
2014 Original Album Classics Vol. 2 Johnny Cash


  • Tutt's minor in college was psychology.
  • Ron with Elvis Presley for more than ten years.
  • Ron loves the film "Lord of The Rings."

Instruments of Choice



Drums: Drum Workshop
Cymbals: Paiste
Hardware: Drum Workshop
Sticks: Regal Tip

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