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    Elvis' long-time drummer has moved on.................age 87.

    Below is a cool photo from the recording session of JAILHOUSE ROCK;
    Sun Records Studio, Memphis, April 30, 1957.

    RIP D. J.


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    Another great drummer gone. RIP D.J

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    Rip d.j.
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    Sad day, but the EP band is together again.

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    Just a 3pc with hats and a ride. That’s all that was needed. I love watching old videos of famous bands from the 60’s & ‘70’s. The majority of them used small and/or simple kits too.
    -Brian

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    Play the SONG......not the DRUMS!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by N2Bluz View Post
    Just a 3pc with hats and a ride. That’s all that was needed. I love watching old videos of famous bands from the 60’s & ‘70’s. The majority of them used small and/or simple kits too.
    I think there's a floor in the photo as well

    all the best...

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    He said in a vid I watched of him that he didn't like using the bass drum too much, his least favorite drum.
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    Saw a couple of his interviews from a couple of years ago on YouTube about playing with Elvis and DJ said he didn't like the bass drum to much and didn't really play it. Loved the toms and cymbals.
    Conrad

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