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2009 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee DJ Fontana

D.J. Fontana

  • Year:
  • Inducted by:
    Max Weinberg (E Street Band)
  • Category:
    Award for Musical Excellence
D.J. Fontana

Hall of Fame Essay


Robert Burke Warren

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.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Program Cover 2009
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They were the king’s men.

Max Weinberg



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