Wilko Johnson

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Wilko Johnson
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Background information
Birth nameJohn Peter Wilkinson
Born (1947-07-12) 12 July 1947 (age 75)
Canvey Island, Essex, England
GenresRock, pub rock, rhythm and blues
Occupation(s)Musician, guitarist, songwriter
InstrumentsGuitar, vocals
Years active1970–present
LabelsUnited Artists
WebsiteOfficial website

Wilko Johnson (born John Peter Wilkinson; 12 July 1947) is an English singer, guitarist and songwriter. He is best known for his time with the pub rock band Dr. Feelgood. He is said to be one of the founding influences of the English punk movement.[1]

Johnson was featured in the first and second seasons of the HBO series Game of Thrones. He played a mute executioner named Ilyn Payne.[2]

In January 2013, he was diagnosed with metastatic pancreatic cancer. He chose not to receive any chemotherapy. He said in an interview with John Wilson on the BBC Radio 4 programme Front Row that the doctors told him he only had nine or ten months to live.[3] He also said during the interview that he was going to do a "farewell tour" of the UK set for March.[4] When he finished his tour, he announced that he was going to spend his final days recording a farewell album with Roger Daltrey, lead singer of The Who.[5]

In October 2014, Johnson announced he was cancer free.[6]

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  1. "Punk Britannia. Pre-Punk 1972-1976 Episode 1 of 3". BBC. Retrieved 2014-01-01.
  2. "The Headsman and the Ranger's Return". Westeros.org. Retrieved 2014-01-01.
  3. "Dr Feelgood's Wilko Johnson Diagnosed With Terminal Cancer". Stereo Board. Retrieved 2014-01-01.
  4. "Wilko Johnson; William Scott; The Turn of the Screw". BBC. Retrieved 2014-01-01.
  5. "Terminally ill Wilko Johnson recording farewell album with Roger Daltrey". Mirror Online. Retrieved 2014-01-01.
  6. http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/arts/music/article4244808.ece

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