RIP D.J. Fontana

Longtime Elvis Presley drummer dies at 87.

It must be said, the “stop time” breaks in “Jailhouse Rock” are a hell of a thing. 1957.

In the obit, Fontana says, “I think the simple approach comes from my hearing so much big band music. I mixed it with rockabilly.”

Once they start playing time, Scotty Moore on rhythm guitar plays even eighth notes while Fontana plays swing eighths.

American music.