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News createt: 12-01-2013

R.I.P John Wilkinson

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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