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

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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. 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 best friends with Priscilla, so we only get tiny fragments of her in the memoir and all of them are positive.

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. Thousands and thousands of people lined both sides of the street, standing in solemn respectful silence as the procession passed by. 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 love your honesty you did not feel the need to sensationlize Elvis's affair but touched briefly on the leading ladies in his life. In 1964, Elvis invited Jerry to work for him as part of his ' Memphis Mafia', and Jerry soon found himself living with Elvis full-time in a Bel Air mansion and, later, in his own room at Graceland.

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. He has touched my life along the periphery for decades -- sometimes as superficially as a costume appearance at Halloween or an impersonator in Las Vegas, but then later as the pop culture phenomena that was his only child’s marriage to the King of Pop or my must-do visit to his Graceland home on a cross-country road trip. So, when I picked up Jerry Schilling's memoir, I wasn't expecting to learn anything new, but boy, was I in for a surprise!

Now after half a century of living through all kinds of experiences with this man and his family and friends, I've come full circle - I'm now ready to share some history. For all the kids who first got excited about the sound of rock and roll, there were twice as many who thought it sounded just horrible. 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 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. He was much more than a member of the Memphis Mafia, Jerry was the closest thing to a brother Elvis ever knew. During the 70's when he was getting moodier and the drugs were taking over the behavior that he was exhibiting was irrational and the many changes that was taking place during this time had to be heart wrenching. I understand that Elvis chose these folks to be around him, so he had a saying in who was around him, and yet, the majority of these men were happy to be yes men to him, happy to mooch on his generosity and enablers of his poor choices.

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 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. It is a slow start, to be sure, and at times the reader starts to wonder if this is a book about Jerry Schilling or Elvis Presley. I used to think it was because they simply didn't want to lose their job or their place in the inner circle - and maybe that's true for some - but you can also see in this book how perhaps their lack of confrontation or telling hard truths might also have had to do with an unwillingness to hurt someone they loved, someone who was a fragile soul in so many ways.I mean, we all know that Elvis was unable to be faithful to any woman, but "Cilla" wasn't also a fragile victim. Memphis was also home to WDIA, the first station in the whole country to have a black on-air staff, even though the station itself was white-owned. stormed into the lounge, walked right up onstage, hoisted his cane like he was going clobber the guy and said, 'If you're going to do it, do it right.

It’s still fairly easy to find the classic conspiracy theory that he didn’t actually die (complete with various accounts of sightings).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. 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. His accounts of these and many other events make this books invaluable to any fan or history buff of the King of Rock and Roll. Jerry Schilling has captured the beauty of my father's spirit in a way that has never been done before.

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