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Subject: James Calvin Wilsey, Guitarist in Chris Isaak's band

Dead at 61
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Date Posted: Wednesday, December 26, 12:05:39pm

We’ve heard unconfirmed reports that James Calvin Wilsey, Chris Isaak’s former backing guitarist, has passed away. He was 61.

The news has surfaced on several guitar forums and on social media, with fans and former bandmates offering their tributes to Wilsey. Although he’s best known for that iconic Spaghetti Western-inspired lead guitar on Isaak’s Wicked Game, Wilsey had starred in the crooner’s backing band – called Silvertone – from 1980 all the way up to 1993. His first claim to fame, however, was as the bassist of Californian punk group the Avengers; he joined way back, in 1977.

Wilsey’s last record with Isaak was for the latter’s 1993 album San Francisco Days. He kept a relatively low profile thereafter, only releasing a single solo album, El Dorado, in 2008. Just one other track would follow: an instrumental cover of Johnny Cash’s The Man Comes Around, which came in 2012 as part of the soundtrack for the Brad Pitt-starring flick, Killing Them Softly.

We will update this story as we learn more. Rest in peace, Jimmy.


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