Elvis: My Best Man: Radio Days, Rock 'n' Roll Nights, and My Lifelong Friendship with Elvis Presley

Elvis: My Best Man: Radio Days, Rock 'n' Roll Nights, and My Lifelong Friendship with Elvis Presley

by George Klein, Chuck Crisafulli


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When George Klein was an eighth grader at Humes High, he couldn’t have known how important the new kid with the guitar—the boy named Elvis—would later become in his life. But from the first time GK (as he was nicknamed by Elvis) heard this kid sing, he knew that Elvis Presley was someone extraordinary. During Elvis’s rise to fame and throughout the wild swirl of his remarkable life, Klein was a steady presence and one of Elvis’s closest and most loyal friends until his untimely death in 1977.

In Elvis: My Best Man, a heartfelt, entertaining, and long-awaited contribution to our understanding of Elvis Presley and the early days of rock ’n’ roll, George Klein writes with great affection for the friend he knew—about who the King of Rock ’n’ Roll really was and how he acted when the stage lights were off. This fascinating chronicle of boundary-breaking and music-making through one of the most intriguing and dynamic stretches of American history overflows with insights and anecdotes from someone who was in the middle of it all. From the good times at Graceland to hanging out with Hollywood stars to butting heads with Elvis’s iron-handed manager, Colonel Tom Parker, to making sure that Elvis’s legacy is fittingly honored, GK was a true friend of the King and a trailblazer in the music industry in his own right.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307452757
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 01/04/2011
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 130,018
Product dimensions: 7.84(w) x 5.28(h) x 0.69(d)

About the Author

GEORGE “GK” KLEIN is a Memphis native and a pioneering disc jockey and television host. He and Elvis met in eighth grade at Humes High in North Memphis, and they became lifelong friends. Today, Klein hosts a program for Sirius XM Radio’s Elvis channel, Memphis Sounds for WYPL-18 TV, and the Elvis Hour for WMC radio in Memphis, where he lives with his wife, Dara. He misses Elvis every day.

CHUCK CRISAFULLI is a veteran entertainment journalist and author, most recently of Go to Hell: A Heated History of the Underworld, and Me and a Guy Named Elvis, with Jerry Schilling.

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Elvis: My Best Man: Radio Days, Rock 'n' Roll Nights, and My Lifelong Friendship with Elvis Presley 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
JoJo-Walker More than 1 year ago
WOW! I've read a lot of books on Elvis, but none compare to what George has done with this master piece. You get the whole package, from humble beginings to super stardom and George was right here with Elvis every step of the way. This is a must read for any Elvis fan! The things that you thought you knew about Elvis all become clear when George tells of his best friend. Everyone should have a best friend like George in their life. This book was over 30 years in the making and well worth the wait. Well done GK, you did Elvis, the man, the myth and the legend proud. This is by far the best Elvis book ever written, and even if your not an Elvis fan, you will be drawn into it by it's love of a friendship that never ended. I know that George still misses his best friend and always will, and through his book, we miss him too and share his love and his sadness. Elvis may have left the building, but his spirit will live on because of the love and book that George Klein has given us. Do yourself a favor and read what a true friendship really is by picking up "Elvis, My Best Man" today. You will not be disappointed! JoJo Walker Mornings News/Talk 820 WWBA Tampa Bay, FL.
Eugene Wagner More than 1 year ago
If you're looking for any new Elvis controversies, look somewhere else. But if you want to read about what it was like to be one of Elvis' best friends, you won't be disappointed. The only disappointment is that the pictures in the paper book are not in the ebook.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just finished George's book "Elvis, My Best Man". I am surprised at how George can remember all the names, he mentions in his book, amazing. Great book, will recommend it to all my friends. Good job George.
ELVIS-NUT More than 1 year ago
This book is an up close and personal view of ELVIS & George's many years of friendship...it's really humorous & keeps you interested the whole time...There are so many wonderful stories about ELVIS, that i'd never heard & i will definitely read it again!! Thanks for a wonderful flashback into ELVIS'S life & hours of great reading!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I truly think that George Klein is giving us some insight into what the King thought as he was growing up, and how much he was devoted not only to his parents, but also to his close friends. Also, Elvis was instrumental in bringing people of different cultures together in ways they didn't expect. Any fan of the King will enjoy learning about Elvis and the different sides of him. I strongly recommend this as a good Read.
MaggieRElvisfan More than 1 year ago
This book is not only an account of the wonderful friendship between George and Elvis, but a great historical look at the beginning of the rock 'n roll era in the south. With all of George's background in the radio and TV world, he is able to share his stories of not only Elvis, but of all the music beginnings in Memphis. This book is well written and it feels like he is sitting there talking to you. George is very sincere in his writing and you can feel the love and respect he had (and still has) for the man he called his best friend: Elvis Presley. I recommend this book to every reader, Elvis fan or not. As George always says, "there is no excuse necessary for being an Elvis fan, and if you are not there is no excuse possible".
tippygirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is a great tribute to the King of Rock and Roll. It touches on Elvis's down-to-earth and very funny side that the public did not see, through the eyes of his life-long friend G.K. Exciting and colorful events, fit for a movie! Very entertaining and an easy read. I really enjoyed the stories of the classic musicians of Rock n' Roll through-out the book, making a facinating historical document of the birth of an era.
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Couldn't put it down.
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I'm 13 years old I never read this book I will
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Bandycaine More than 1 year ago
My daughter bought this for me for my birthday - I just love Elvis and GK!! What an excellent book!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great inside look to the life of The King. Thanks GK!
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2noelle More than 1 year ago
I got the feeling that this was a very sincere tribute to his friendhip with Elvis. Every Elvis fan has heard the worst about Elvis, so it was a refreshing read that focused on their frienship and just positive memories. It's a must read for any Elvis fan.
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The research in this book appeared to be new and information that had not been presented previously. The writing is well done, concise and easy to read. The author presented some "real" accessible parts to Elvis that assist the reader in enjoying this book. There are personal stories that keep the reader involved in Elvis's life and bring the reader into the scene. It would be a GREAT Elvis fan club book club promotional book and for gift giving to Elvis fans. There are trivia points that are outstanding to have, on hand, when one wants to present ELVIS TRIIVA to other's. Overall this book presented in a unique, fresh, personal and interesting manner. The only lack that this reader noted was visual - a few more pictures would have enhanced the book scattered in between the book as opposed to in the center of the book.
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I dont sewhy everybody calls elvis "the king" because all he did was drugs and thats why he died.