News createt: 12-01-2013
R.I.P John Wilkinson
We're very very sorry to have received the news that John Wilkinson has passed away.
Wilkinson first met Elvis when he was 10 after sneaking into his dressing room before a show at the Shrine Mosque in Springfield. He amused Presley when he told him, "You can't play guitar worth a damn."
He was 23 when Elvis saw him perform on a television show in Los Angeles in 1968 and asked him to join his band - not knowing he was the youngster who insulted his playing a decade earlier.
Wilkinson went on to play 1,200 shows as Presley's rhythm guitar player until the legendary singer's death in 1977.
John Wilkinson died at the age of 67 after a long time of illness. Our thoughts and prayers go to his family and friends.
R.I.P John Wilkinson 1945-2013