Dominic Joseph Fontana was born Mar. 15, 1931, in Shreveport, La. He began playing drums in high school and taught himself to play by listening to big band records. He was hired to be the house drummer for the Louisiana Hayride in 1953, and spent his Saturday nights backing country artists like Webb Pierce and Faron Young.
Bill Black, Presley’s bassist, died in 1965. Presley died Aug. 16, 1977.