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

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Jerry Schilling's words brought tears to my eyes, making me smile and nod as it filled my head with things I had forgotten but thankfully he remembered.

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. I’m saying this because Jerry was always an odd one out and yet Elvis clearly valued their friendship VERY highly. He had several of them on the payroll in various roles like security, personal assistants, drivers, etc. 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. Even though it was published in 2006, my county library did not own an audio copy, so I had to recommend they purchase it.

I still believe that if Elvis had dumped the Colonel, he could have given more of himself to his movies, traveled overseas and made top-selling records again. You have had quite the career as a manager Beach Boys, Billy Joel and many others, yet, Elvis will always be your number 1. Elvis had taken you on a journey of the rise of fame, places, celebrities you got to meet, and the birth of his beloved daughter, Lisa Marie.

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.

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. Instead, he took a little punishment and ended up with four new fans, something I witnessed over and over again. Nicks role in Elvis's life ,that he truly wanted to help the man over come his addiction problems, but was over shadowed by las vegas doctors mailing him drugs just to be close to Elvis. Elvis: "'Number 8's have deep and very intense natures, great strength of individuality; they generally play some important role on life's stage, usually one which is fatalistic or an instrument of Fate for others. I will admit that I was nervous to read another book on this subject, especially by a friend (there are not many who remain in my life from this time period, as Jerry does), but this book is by far my favorite.

A couple of guys had blind-sighted Elvis, pretending to come to him for an autograph… swing at him when they got close enough… throwing a punch and then driving away. 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. 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.Inače su mi glazbene biografije jedne od najdražih knjiga i zaista obožavam na neki način ući u život ljudi čiju glazbu svakodevno slušam.

After their death they are often extolled, their works praised, and lasting tributes offered to their memory.Really, this was (according to Schilling) the reason Elvis got married, forced to by Colonel Parker to force Elvis to grow up and create a more adult image.

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