Me and a Guy Named Elvis: My Lifelong Friendship with Elvis Presley

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Me and a Guy Named Elvis: My Lifelong Friendship with Elvis Presley

Me and a Guy Named Elvis: My Lifelong Friendship with Elvis Presley

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And I’m glad I read this one, because it had such a lovely story to tell: that of a close friendship between the author, Jerry Schilling, and Elvis, that spanned their entire adult lives.

Jerry offers never-before-told stories about life inside Elvis’s inner circle and an emotional recounting of the great times, hard times, and unique times he and Elvis shared.

He is one of my preset SiriusXM channels in my car, and my kids can recognize him by his voice when quizzed. I appreciated it a lot, but one must remember that it is most likely a very biased portrayal of Elvis, Jerry, and other people mentioned. No mention at all of how her affair with Mike Stone had a detrimental role at the end of their marriage. To a lot of people Elvis Presley was nothing more than white trash playing black music… The general feeling of of conservative old school Memphis was that the city should be more embarrassed by Elvis than proud of him.

Thanks for your analogy regarding the memphis mafia I had an Idea that when you have too many Alpha males there will be conflict/ jealousy it is just nature of the beast. What I didn't like was, how Schilling skipped over Elvis's death, it was like a page and then, straight back into what Jerry was doing; IE, managing the Beach Boys. He also downplays so many critical moments in his relationship with Elvis, such as the various times when he made the decision to leave Elvis's inner circle (as though this were just matter-of-fact). A lot of people thought they had something against Elvis, but I never saw anybody who spent any time with him walk away not liking him. It's a little longer than it needs to be, and there are definitely parts that are biased towards making Elvis out as positive as possible, but still an enjoyable and informative bio.On a lazy Sunday in 1954, twelve-year-old Jerry Schilling wandered into a Memphis touch football game, only to discover that his team was quarterbacked by a nineteen-year-old Elvis Presley, the local teenager whose first record, “That’s All Right,” had just debuted on Memphis radio. Elvis, however, veered from this script in that he had a loving, caring upbringing (though poor), and maintained religion and spirituality on his journey through stardom. I thought Schilling himself going to UCLA while working for Elvis was interesting, especially since I grew up in the area and could picture him walking up and down the hill along Sunset. Jerry Schilling does a great job talking about what Elvis was like OFF the stage, how kind he was (maybe a little too kind with his money), and how progressive Elvis was with his interests (egs.

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