Jan 17 2013

THE DOOBIE BROTHERS TOM JOHNSTON ON THE BANDS MANY LINEUP CHANGES

Let the Music Play -- The Story of The Doobie Brothers offers an in-depth look at the group through archival footage and new interviews with many of the musicians that have played with the band.  Founding singer/guitarist Tom Johnston talks about the impressive number of members the group has had over the years: 

“If you watch this thing, it reminds you of how many guys have been in and out of this band, due to somebody leaving and doing something else or somebody passed away or whatever the heck it was, or somebody got sick.  Any number of things, or somebody just got fed up and wanted to go try something else.  Yeah, there's been a lot of guys in and out of this band."

Jan 14 2013

THE ANGEL’S DOC NEESON DIAGNOSED WITH BRAIN TUMOUR

Jan 14 2013

Rhythm Guitarist for Elvis, Dead at 67

John Wilkinson, a guitar player who accompanied Elvis Presley for more than a thousand shows as a member of the TCB Band, died on Friday at the age of 67 after a long battle with cancer, the Associated Press reports.

Wilkinson grew up in Springfield, Missouri, watching Presley perform on television. In 1955, when he was ten years old, Wilkinson snuck into the star's dressing room before a concert at Springfield's Shrine Mosque and berated the King for his musicianship. "You can't play guitar worth a damn," the boy said.

Wilkinson went on to become an accomplished guitarist, playing in folk groups such as the Kingston Trio and the New Christy Minstrels. Some 13 years after that first meeting in the dressing room, Presley asked Wilkinson to join his backup group, the TCB Band, after seeing the 23-year-old play on television. Over the next nine years, Wilkinson played rhythm guitar for Presley in 1,200 shows, remaining in the TBC Band until the singer's death in 1977.

In a statement expressing their sympathy to Wilkinson's family, Priscilla and Lisa Marie Presley said that "John and the beautiful music he made with Elvis will live forever in our hearts."



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