Max Weinberg (E Street Band)
Award for Musical Excellence
Gary Tallent and Max Weinberg of the E Street Band Induct D.J. FontanaGary Tallent and Max Weinberg of the E Street Band Induct D.J. Fontana at the 2009 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremon
Gary Tallent and Max Weinberg of the E Street Band Induct D.J. Fontana00:12:45
D.J. Fontana Acceptance Speech00:02:08
Hall of Fame Essay
For a rocket to break free from the grip of Earth’s gravitational pull, it needs raw, crude thrust, a blast of primal power; the higher it ascends, the less potent combustion is needed.
Musically speaking, bassist Bill Black and drummer D.J. Fontana were just such a necessary component for the rise of Elvis Presley. In addition to their perfect qualifications as musicians, the personalities of the affable “never-met-a-stranger” showman Black and the laid-back yet authoritatively professional Fontana would contribute beyond measure to the evolution of Presley’s persona from gawky, unfocused music geek to Hillbilly Cat to King of Rock & Roll.
They were the king’s men.
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