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

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An intimate memoir of a friendship with Elvis Presley, arguably one of the most important artists in rock 'n' roll history, taking you from late-night parties at Graceland to the bright lights of Hollywood sets and the glittering stages of Las Vegas.
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Overview

An intimate memoir of a friendship with Elvis Presley, arguably one of the most important artists in rock 'n' roll history, taking you from late-night parties at Graceland to the bright lights of Hollywood sets and the glittering stages of Las Vegas.
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Editorial Reviews

Entertainment Weekly
Schilling has the goods—where 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?
The Washington Post
More than anything, this moving and elegantly told memoir resonates with the spirit of true friendship.
Publishers Weekly
In 1954, at age 12, Schilling first met fellow Memphis homeboy Presley, a 19-year-old truck driver "a year out of high school and less than a week into a recording career that carried no guarantee of turning into steady work." He provides a fascinating view of Memphis in the late '50s, but most of his memoir is from after 1964, when he officially joined the retinue of friends-the "Memphis Mafia"-that served as Elvis's surrogate family. While this thoroughly enjoyable book deftly describes his many adventures with Elvis and other notables, including the Beatles, Ann-Margret, the Beach Boys and Billy Joel, the heart of it is his many observations of Elvis's inner exploration. Unlike the rest of Elvis's posse, Schilling was liberal in his musical and racial views, and he shared Elvis's spiritual hunger "for a sense of meaning and purpose." Schilling provides the most detailed account yet of the sometimes comical LSD trip he took with Presley, and he poignantly observes the "disappointment and frustration" Elvis felt about his Hollywood movies. Overall, Schilling's heartfelt narrative makes this more than just another piece of Elvis product. (Aug.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
In 1954, Schilling had a chance meeting with Elvis Presley at a Memphis pickup football game. It was the beginning of a beautiful friendship, which eventually led to Schilling's entry into the strange and exciting Presley entourage in 1964. Here, the author vividly describes meeting the Beatles, Eric Clapton, Richard Nixon, and basketball great Wilt Chamberlain; tripping on LSD with the King; and sitting in shock with Elvis as they watched the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. on television. Throughout, Schilling treats Elvis evenhandedly, focusing on their friendship but not ignoring the drug problems, isolation, and creative vacuum that killed Presley. The King comes alive once again as a romantic, sensitive, caring, and sometimes childish and moody man in a bubble. Refreshingly, the author reveals as much about himself as Elvis, showing how the tinsel lifestyle transformed him from a well-meaning, wide-eyed, obedient kid to a divorced adult wanting freedom and a career. Schilling has captured the aura and grim realities of life with one of the most important American icons of the 20th century. One can only hope that he will follow with a book about his post-1977 life as a manager of the Beach Boys, Jerry Lee Lewis, Rick Nelson, and Billy Joel. Highly recommended for all types of readers.-David P. Szatmary, Univ. of Washington, Seattle Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
From the Publisher
"William Dufris could have tried to imitate the well-recognized timbre and intonation of Elvis's voice, but he chose instead only to slightly alter his tone, making Elvis sound more like a person and less like an icon." —-AudioFile
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592403059
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/19/2007
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 633,133
  • Product dimensions: 5.35 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author


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Jerry Schilling has spent forty years in the entertainment industry as an actor, a film editor, producer, and a manager for such acts as the Beach Boys, Jerry Lee Lewis and Billy Joel.

William Dufris has been nominated nine times as a finalist for the APA's prestigious Audie Award and has garnered tweny-one Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine, which also named him one of the Best Voices at the End of the Century.

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Interviews & Essays

Elvis the Reader

"Reader" is probably not one of the first terms that jumps to mind when people think of Elvis Presley, but in the twenty-three years that I knew him his love of the written word was a constant passion. One of the very first times I met him, at a touch football game in North Memphis, he referred to a friend of mine as "Penrod," and when I asked him where he'd come up with such an odd nickname, he told me it was from a book he was reading. He was a year out of high school at the time, driving a truck for an electric company by day and working on his music at night, but apparently he still found time to read Booth Tarkington novels. As a twelve-year-old who had trouble putting together a one-page report on assigned readings, I found that stunning.

As I got to know Elvis better over the years, I was struck by the range of his reading. He loved superhero comic books, but he also put a great deal of effort into absorbing the lessons of the Bible, the Koran, and the writings of Jewish mystics. As he achieved greater levels of fame and searched ever deeper for meaning in his own life, he turned to works like Paramhansa Yogananda's Autobiography of a Yogi, The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran, The Impersonal Life by Joseph Benner, and the great numerological work Cheiro's Book of Numbers. But his reading list could always surprise you -- you might find him one day poring over Notes from the Underground, a countercultural magazine picked up in San Francisco, and the next day he'd be focused intently on culling every possible detail of the Kennedy assassination out of the published volumes of the Warren Report.

Almost as striking as what Elvis read was the way he read. His copies of books were always ferociously dog-eared and margins were full of his own scribbled notes and questions. He loved to lose himself in a text, seeking out deeper meaning in words and ideas, much the same way that he'd give himself over to a song in order to interpret it. And he was an excitable reader -- when he was thrilled with a work he'd memorize huge sections of it, and soon be buying copies to hand out to just about everyone he encountered. I think it's safe to say that he was the only headlining star in Las Vegas whose idea of a great after-party was a freewheeling discussion of The Prophet

. Elvis's love of language wasn't limited to words in book form. He had memorized General Douglas MacArthur's farewell speech and could deliver a stirring rendition of it. He was deeply moved by Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech and committed that to memory as well. When I first went to work for Elvis in 1964, on our first cross-country drive, he stunned me one night in a Barstow motel room when he turned his attention to a television set and perfectly intoned the lines of the poem "High Flight," which was being used as a station signoff. The last lines of the poem were "...And, while with silent lifting mind I've trod / The high untrespassed sanctity of space, / Put out my hand, and touched the face of God."

Whenever you thought you had Elvis figured out, he surprised you. He was a seeker and a searcher, and his passion for great ideas and beautiful language was as deep as his passion for great music.

Jerry Schilling

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  • Posted January 12, 2011

    New insight to the legend as a man.

    I have read quite few books about Elvis, but I believe that this one was the most enjoyable. It talks a lot about the private Elvis, his friendships, and most importantly tells the story of a boy who grew to be a man in Elvis' world. Great stories about the early days, the Colonel, Priscilla, and life after Elvis. I cruised through this book wishing for more. Jerry's easy style of story telling makes you feel like he is talking to a friend. Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2007

    loving friendship

    I loved the book. I found it to be a loving gentle book about a boy {Jerry} and the beginning of a loving friendship with Elvis. It was an easy read and I couldn't put it down. It felt as if I was sitting somewhere with Jerry and he was sharing a sweet story about friendship and love. I enjoyed it very much.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2012

    Me and a guy named Elvis

    Excellently written* The only thing that I must s
    ay though, is that according to my books on numerology, Elvis was a numer 9, not 8......A wonderful book however, it's good to see Elvis as a human being, not a god. I grew up to his music, My grandmother was a big fan. I had a very bad childhood, and the voice of Elvis had always had a soul soothing affect on me, not just his beautiful looks. He was one of a kind, there will never be another one like him. I still listen to him, and I made my children, who are adults now, listen to him, they are now making my grandchildren appreciate the pure musical genius of Elvis as well. There no words to describe Elvis Presley, just that I thank god that I had his music to survive a very rough youth. Thankyou Jerry Schilling for identifying with that, and putting that aspect of his voice down in words.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 16, 2009

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    Warm, Honest Memories of "the King"

    I was 14 years old when Elvis died in 1977 but remember it like it was yesterday. I'm sure that like many others, my interest in him and his impact on so much of American culture has only increased with time. This book helped me understand so much about his life and what it was like to know him as a friend. Jerry has done a wonderful job of telling the truth without beating to death the bad parts as some have but speaking openly about the human side and cost of fame. His book is one which ultimately leaves you feeling that you too, knew "the King" and hope to know him even better in the next Life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2006

    This is the REAL Elvis by a REAL Friend!!

    Mr. Schilling has done what I've seen NO one else (including Priscilla) do - he's shown us Elvis the person.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2006

    This book is what true Friendship looks like.

    I caught myself smiling so many times while reading Jerry's adventures with Elvis. Lovingly well written, informative and really enjoyable accounts of these two men and what they meant to each other. Elvis fans will appreciate the lifelong loyalty Jerry showed to Elvis and continues to show by his words and actions to this day.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2013

    Friendship

    Jerry did a wonderful job sharing his personal moments with his very much admired friend, Elvis. Elvis once again comes across as a very nice person who cares for his family, friends, and fans. Once Jerry shares at the end of the book of his employment at Elvis Enterprise I realize why he speaks so highly of Priscilla.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2007

    Best Elvis Book Ever

    I loved this book. As a 3rd generation Elvis fan, it really showed me what we all knew, he was a man ( a great man)....It was the Elvis that we all wanted to know and the only book that I have ever read that filled me with such emotion that I cried as if it were August 16th all over again.

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