John Wilkinson (guitarist)

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John Wilkinson (1945–2013) was an American guitarist best known for performing with Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry and The New Christy Minstrels in the 1960s and 1970s.[1] After Wilkinson once performed on a television show in Los Angeles, he received a phone call from Elvis who asked him to join his TCB Band. He went on to perform more than 1000 times with Elvis as his rhythm guitarist until Elvis died in 1977.[2][3][4]

Personal life[edit]

Wilkinson suffered a stroke in 1989 and died on January 11, 2013. In 1983 he married the love of his life, Terry. She was by his side the day he died and died herself on September 10, 2017.[5]


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  2. ^ "John Wilkinson, Longtime Guitar Player for Elvis Presley, Dead at 67". Taste of Country. Retrieved January 26, 2013.
  3. ^ "John Wilkinson, Elvis Presley guitarist, dead at age 67". The Global Dispatch. Retrieved January 26, 2013.
  4. ^ "R.I.P. John Wilkinson, Guitarist For Elvis Presley". Elmore Magazine. Retrieved January 26, 2013.
  5. ^ "Elvis Presley guitarist John Wilkinson dies at 67". HITFIX. Retrieved January 26, 2013.