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Sunday, 13 January 2013

RIP John Wilkinson:

 John Wilkinson was more than just a band member backing up legend Elvis Presley and the two men became firm friends

John Wilkinson became a guitarist in The King's TCB band. He passed away on Friday at the age of 67 after a long battle with Cancer.

At the age of 10, John famously snuck into Elvis Presley's dressing room before a show at the Shrine Mosque in Springfield, telling Elvis, 'you can't play guitar worth a damn'. Elvis was amused and impressed with this kid and predicted they would meet again.They did and years later John played with Elvis in the concert documentaries That's The Way It Is (1970) and Elvis On Tour (1972). He also appeared in the Aloha From Hawaii television event - which celebrates its 40th anniversary on Monday. However, Wilkinson is most prominently featured in the television special Elvis In Concert (1977) while playing the guitar solo on 'Early Morning Rain'. In addition to his live work with Elvis, Wilkinson played for him in 1972 and 1975 sessions at RCA’s Hollywood Studio as well as in 1976 sessions at Graceland.

'We offered our deepest sympathy to his family. John and the beautiful music he made with Elvis will live forever in our hearts'. Priscilla Presley and Lisa Marie Presley

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