JOHN WILKINSON, 67
Died Jan. 11, 2012. Performed with Elvis more than 1,000 times. He first met Elvis at age 10 when he snuck into his dressing room in Springfield, Missouri (Hey, a Route 66 connection) and told him, "You can't play guitar worth a damn."
At age 23, Elvis asked him to join his TCB band and after that Wilkinson performed with him in 1,200 shows.
In case you're wondering, TCB stands for Taking Care of Business.
FRANK PAGE, 87
Died Jan. 8, 2013. Was the voice of the Louisiana Hayride, that state's version of the Grand Ole Opry, and introduced Elvis Presley. Page worked 65 years with KWKH before retiring in 2005. The Elvis intro came in 1954, early in his career.
Page also helped launch the careers of country singers Nat Stuckey and James "Gentleman Jim" Reeves.
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