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*Phil Wilkinson was devastated, especially as a singer/songwriter/musician, in the early 90's after going deaf! It was his passion in life since early childhood. And even though he is legally completely deaf, he still has a minimum trace of nerve hearing only and only in his left ear. But with that, he still composes music and is working on learning to set the sound effectively for him to hear the key change in the musical and vocal arrangements. He is re-training his music ear. Read how he went deaf to a rare condition later in this story. 

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Release date--1984.

B.B. Cunningham Jr. : a Beale Street legend. Leader of The Hombres, notably known for the hit single- 'Let It All Hang Out'. Brother of Bill Cunningham, who was the leader of the Box Tops, known for the hit- 'The Letter' and later became the cello player for The Presidents Band at the White House. (More on B.B. later in the story).

Bryan Savage: A flutist/saxophone player for Al Stewart's band--A Shot In The Dark. Played sax on comediant Steve Martin's number one smash hit-- 'KING TUT', Bryan played flute on 'I WONDER' on the Phil Wilkinson's album.

Jerry Peters: Concert pianist for the late 70's Memphis Symphony Orchestra. Played live and some recording for Larry Raspberry B.B. Cunningham and more.

David Bloomfield: The leader of the David Bloomfield Band(blues rock), a favorite in Los Angeles in the 60's.

More on these guests later in the story...

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Phillip Wilkinson of SOLOMAN'S SONG is the same person as Phil Wilkinson the...  singer/songwriter/musician/producer/arranger.

 

WE'LL START AT THE BEGINNING...

 BORN-1956 in the Golden West, to Margaret and Randolph Wilkinson

 

 

MUSIC WOULD BECOME HIS BIGGEST PASSION

Even when he was barely able to sit up, he was very much coordinated and that would serve him well later in early childhood when he began playing musical instruments.

AGE - 1 year and 9 months old--1957

You can see his father's shadow, wearing a hat as he snapped the photograph from an old Kodak camera. 

His father had been a rough neck for an oil drilling company in California at a time when the business was booming.

But the family moved to Louisiana when he was four years old

From age four on... Phillip Spent much of his childhood living in southeast Louisiana. Beginning in early childhood, He started going by a shorter version of his name and his friends all called him Phil. Phil Wilkinson became his stage name as he quickly... beginning also in his early childhood, developed his musical talents to become a singer/songwriter/musician.

HIS MUSICAL TALENT WAS DISCOVERED DURING EARLY CHILDHOOD

Phil's  talent began to surface at 6 when he sang with Tammy Wynette at the Ponchatoula Hay Ride in southeast Louisiana. Visiting with relatives on his mother's side of the family, he discovered he could play his cousin's drum set, while showing him what he wasn't doing. His Uncle a seasoned Smooth Jazz guitar player then...tried him on guitar. "I want you to watch very carefully because I am only going to play this one time. I want to see if you can play it the same way I do." His Uncle Nick said. Surprisingly to all else watching-- he did. "You are going to be a guitar player!" the Uncle assured him with a grin from ear to ear.

There had been a number of guitar players on this side of the family, including his Grandpa and several uncles. His aunt played accordian and there were a number of singers. But the finding of his talent also carried over to surface in school when he began singing in choir in the third grade and continued up through to the 8th. During which time he sometimes played guitar in stage band with the choir. As well. But he sometimes played in the guitar mass. There were two early childhood bands -- he put together around 10 yrs. old. (when he also began writing songs).

SUMMER VISIT IN RICHMOND VIRGINIA--1970

Summer of 1970, barely age 14, Phillip spent some time with his father's side of the family. Pictured to the right, they are 1st cousins. Michael--the son of Elsie Wilkinson Robinson,  the sister of Randolph Wilkinson, Phillip's father. The picture was taken at his aunt Elsie and Uncle Doodle Robinson's place. Although the 60's were technically over as you can see the hair styles were still in. I think that style was called "frat."

The gist of the story here, is he was born with a music ear, and you will soon see that talent excelled on both sides of the family. (this is under construction...

THE STORY CONTINUES HERE...