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Condolences for the Family of TCB Rhythm Guitarist John Wilkinson

January 12, 2013

Beloved member of Elvis' TCB Band, John Wilkinson, passed away Friday after a fight with cancer. EPE sends their thoughts and prayers to his family, friends and the entire Elvis community during this difficult time.

Priscilla and Lisa Marie Presley released the following statement:

"Our deepest sympathy goes out to the Wilkinson family, John and the beautiful music he made with Elvis will live forever in our hearts."

Wilkinson played the rhythm guitar alongside Elvis in the legendary TCB Band. A statement from the family, released through family spokesman Gary Ellison, said Wilkinson was proud of the fact that he never turned down a request for an autograph.

"It didn't matter if he was meeting adoring fans, joking with Chuck Berry about keeping his B-string in tune, or if he was talking to a neighbor about her dog, people were people to him," the statement said.

Wilkinson passed away Friday at his home in Springfield and is survived by his wife, Terry. A private graveside service is planned.