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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No mention at all of how her affair with Mike Stone had a detrimental role at the end of their marriage.

Even at times when Elvis was unreasonable or selfish, there was a lot of grace extended because of his admiration and love for Elvis. I didn’t start this book until a 5-hour road trip on January 6, 2023 and had no intention of finishing it on what would have been Elvis’ 88th birthday on January 8th.One of my bucket list requests would be to one day get to spend a day - or two - just hearing all the stories from those who knew him best. He boards Elvis's plane, finds no one on board, and holds one of the King's nightshirts to his chest as a mother to an infant. The book keeps you entertained throughout the journey from first page to last giving you as a reader the uncanny feeling of being a fly on the wall during Elvis' astounding career. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average.

He had several of them on the payroll in various roles like security, personal assistants, drivers, etc. What I think distinguishes the book most of all, though, is its emotional honesty, the generosity of spirit with which Jerry seeks to emulate his friend and mentor. He is one of my preset SiriusXM channels in my car, and my kids can recognize him by his voice when quizzed. Over the next thirteen years Jerry would work for Elvis in various capacities—from bodyguard to photo double to co-executive producer on a karate film. His music lives on, and, almost 30 years after his death, his life and achievements continue to have deep emotional impact on all of us.Schilling has the goodswhere else can you read about the King giving karate lessons to Liza Minnelli in a hotel room while Chubby Checker and porn star Linda Lovelace looked on? There was some other moments I liked in the book, how Schilling quit working for Elvis several times to pursue other interests, to become a film editor, actor, tour manager. But there were other times when you could sense just how tired he’d become of night after night of one-night stands, and when you could see what a toll it had taken on him. He lived with his music outside of the house - he didn't need to hear it while he was trying to relax in his own basement.

I'm not sure I agree with his assessment of "Colonel Parker" but I also think the author was "golly-gee-shrewd" in not burning bridges with the Snowman. When Jerry left to pursue a career he wasn’t shut out the group like other former MM and Elvis actively encouraged and supported him.

I consider all the Memphis Mafia books to be essential reading, but this one is different to most and that makes it one of the best. But more than anything else he was Elvis’s close friend and confidant: Elvis trusted Jerry with protecting his life when he received death threats, he asked Jerry to drive him and Priscilla to the hospital the day Lisa Marie was born and to accompany him during the famous “lost weekend” when he traveled to meet President Nixon at the White House.

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