Welcome to this new fan site dedicated to the former Dr Feelgood guitarist, Wilko Johnson. Please bookmark the front page and keep on returning to see the site grow over the coming weeks, months and years.
Everyone knows that Wilko was the original Dr Feelgood guitarist. His choppy guitar style and out-of-the-loop fashion-sense kept the band at the forefront of the pub-rock movement of the 1970s and beyond. Many people fire Dr Feelgood as being the precursors of Punk. Dr Feelgood split up in acrimonious terms and Wilko formed his own band, Solid Senders, which did not last too many years.
Following a short period with Ian Dury and The Blockheads (which resulted in them recording the album together), the Wilko Johnson Band was formed with ex-Blockhead Norman Watt-Roy on bass and Salvatore Ramundo on drums. Sav gave way to Steve Monti, who in turn was replaced by Dylan Howe.
And that’s where we are today.
Sadly, early in 2013 it was announced that Wilko Johnson had terminal pancreatic cancer. He chose not to prolong his life with treatment, but determined to make the best use of his last remaining months and (we hope) years. Wilko embarked on a thank you tour and took part in many media interviews. It ironic that the media who had all but shunned him when he lived, came knocking on his door as soon as the end was near.
Here is one of the better interviews, taken from BBC Radio’s Front Row programme, with John Wilson:
Future articles will cover the life and music of Wilko Johnson in much more detail.