John Wilkinson, a rhythm guitarist that played with Elvis Presley more than 1,000 times has died at the age of 67 after a long battle with cancer. What’s perhaps most remarkable about Wilkinson is that he told the King that he sucked at playing guitar… When he was 10. Via Rolling Stone:
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.