John Wilkinson (guitarist)

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John Wilkinson
Birth nameJohn Richard Wilkinson
Born(1945-07-03)July 3, 1945
DiedJanuary 11, 2013(2013-01-11) (aged 67)
Occupation(s)Musician
InstrumentsGuitarist

John Richard Wilkinson (July 3, 1945 – January 11, 2013)[1] was an American singer and guitarist best known for performing with Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry and The Greenwood County Singers in 1964.[2] 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.[3][4][5]

Personal life[edit]

In 1983, Wilkinson married the love of his life, Terry. In 1989, he suffered a stroke, and later in his life, he struggled with cancer. Wilkinson died on January 11, 2013, at age 67[1] with his wife by his side. Terry died on September 10, 2017.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "John Richard Wilkinson July 03, 1945 - January 11, 2013". gormanscharpf.com. Retrieved April 11, 2021.
  2. ^ "John Wilkinson, Rhythm Guitarist for Elvis, Dead at 67". RollingStone. Retrieved January 26, 2013.
  3. ^ "John Wilkinson, Longtime Guitar Player for Elvis Presley, Dead at 67". Taste of Country. Retrieved January 26, 2013.
  4. ^ "John Wilkinson, Elvis Presley guitarist, dead at age 67". The Global Dispatch. Retrieved January 26, 2013.
  5. ^ "R.I.P. John Wilkinson, Guitarist For Elvis Presley". Elmore Magazine. Retrieved January 26, 2013.
  6. ^ "Elvis Presley guitarist John Wilkinson dies at 67". HITFIX. Retrieved January 26, 2013.