Drummer D.J. Fontana (far right), on stage with Elvis Presley during the singer's landmark 1968 comeback TV special. Fontana died Thursday at age 87. NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images Music Articles Elvis Presley's Longtime Drummer, D.J. Fontana, Has Died June 14, 2018 The drummer who laid down the sound of rock and roll on tunes like "Heartbreak Hotel" and "Jailhouse Rock" died Wednesday at age 87. He had been the last surviving member of Presley's 1950s band.