John Wilkinson Rhythm Guitarist for Elvis Presley Dies Aged 67 Rhythm guitar player John Wilkinson, who performed with Elvis Presley more than a thousand times, has died at his home in southwest Missouri. John Wilkinson passed away January 11, Friday at his home in Springfield after a fight with cancer, according to a family spokesman. Priscilla and Lisa Marie Presley offered their “deepest sympathy” to his family, saying in a statement that “John and the beautiful music he made with Elvis will live forever in our hearts.”
John Wilkinson on Stage with Elvis John Wilkinson was Elvis Presley’s rhythm guitarist from July 1969 until June 26th 1977
John Wilkinson was born in Washington DC in 1945. He was raised in Springfield Missouri. John’s father was a Professor of Psychology and his mother, a home maker. He had a good and happy childhood and wonderful parents. Music was the main focal point in the home and never a day would go by without it. When John first heard and watched Elvis as a young boy, it was at the time Elvis was in the Louisiana Hayride. He loved his music which was totally different to what they were used to in Springfield. John’s parents’ reaction to hearing Elvis was one thing, but seeing him was another. They were conservative people and not excited with the image of their son’s idol, however this did not deter him from buying Elvis’ records and eventually his parents accepted John’s new tastes.