Kevin Wilkinson

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Kevin Wilkinson
Birth nameKevin Michael Wilkinson
Born(1958-06-11)11 June 1958
Origin Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England
Died17 July 1999(1999-07-17) (aged 41)
GenresPop, rock, new wave
Years active1979–1999

Kevin Michael Wilkinson (11 June 1958 – 17 July 1999) [1] was an English drummer, who was based in Baydon, Wiltshire, England. [2]



Born Kevin Michael Wilkinson in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, [1] he is credited as a former official member of several successful British new wave acts, including the League of Gentlemen (1980), the Waterboys (1983–84), China Crisis (1983–89) and Squeeze (1995–96), as well as drummer for Holly Beth Vincent (1981–82). [2] He also appeared in some of his affiliated bands' music videos.

Throughout the course of his career, Wilkinson was a session musician, performing with other artists as diverse as Fish and The Proclaimers, China Crisis, and Howard Jones. [2] He was not related to Squeeze's bass player, Keith Wilkinson, although he was briefly a member of Squeeze at the same time as his namesake, and they can be seen in the video for "This Summer".

Personal life

He was married to Marilyn Fitzgerald, and had three children, named Finn, Josie and Ellie. [3]


Wilkinson committed suicide on 17 July 1999, aged 41, by hanging himself in the family home in Baydon, near Swindon. [4] [3]

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  2. 1 2 3 Tim Bullamore. "Obituary: Kevin Wilkinson | Culture". The Independent . Retrieved 24 December 2015.
  3. 1 2 Archived 21 June 2004 at the Wayback Machine
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