Kevin Wilkinson

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Kevin Wilkinson
Birth name Kevin Michael Wilkinson
Born (1958-06-11)11 June 1958
Origin Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England
Died 17 July 1999(1999-07-17) (aged 41)
Genres Pop, rock, new wave
Occupation(s) Drummer
Instruments drums
Years active 1979–1999
Labels various

Kevin Wilkinson (11 June 1958 – 17 July 1999[1]) was a musician based in Swindon, Wiltshire, England.


Born Kevin Michael Wilkinson in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, he is credited as a former official member of several successful British pop groups, including The League of Gentlemen (1980), Holly Beth Vincent "Holly and the Italians" Virgin/Epic album (1981–82), The Waterboys (1983–84), China Crisis (1983–89) and Squeeze (1995–96). He also appeared in some of his affiliated bands' music videos.

Throughout the course of his career, Wilkinson was a highly regarded session musician, performing with other artists as diverse as Fish and The Proclaimers, China Crisis, and Howard Jones. He is not related to Squeeze's bass player, Keith Wilkinson although he was briefly a member of Squeeze and can be seen in the video for 'This Summer.'

Kevin Wilkinson also drummed for less well known acts – including his friend Paul Griffiths, and songwriting partner Robbie Wyborn of King Strut, who benefited hugely from his support and his contributions on their Sacred Ground album.[citation needed]

Wilkinson committed suicide on 17 July 1999, aged 41, by hanging himself in the family home in Baydon, near Swindon.[2] He is survived by his wife (Marilyn Fitzgerald) and three children (Finn, Josie and Ellie).[3]


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