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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At heart, they are lonely, they are misunderstood, and they seldom reap the reward for the good they do while they are living. 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. He was ready to trust me with his story back then, and I kept that very much in mind as I wrote my book. 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 Pricilla 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. Ona 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 teenage whose first record, "That's All Right," had just debuted on Memphis radio.

The afternoon show footage is wonderful and electrifying : Here is Elvis in his prime rocking and rolling in front of 11. Finance is provided by PayPal Credit (a trading name of PayPal UK Ltd, Whittaker House, Whittaker Avenue, Richmond-Upon-Thames, Surrey, United Kingdom, TW9 1EH). but have warm hearts toward the oppressed of all classes; *but they hide their feelings, and allow people to think what they please*. I now understand why Priscilla and Lisa Marie remained friends with Jerry and continued to think of him as part of their family. A little long winded on the same subjects but you could tell the author really loved to tell these stories.Even though Jerry was a younger kid, Elvis went out of his way to include him in the group, and over time, they developed a genuine friendship. 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.

This book kept me up late into the night as I turned the pages, reliving every situation and every story as if I were there all over again, until I finished. I don't read many books about Elvis as they are usually written by people who had never even met him or if they have want to scandalise him. His personal life is also presented in what I suspect to be a better light than it probably was, only confessing to being unfaithful to his wife once.Jerry was also there for some pivotal moments and gives us his memories of them - meeting the Beatles, meeting Nixon, the Star is Born meeting with Streisand. So and so had a horrible childhood, fell in with the wrong crowd, found music (and drugs), made it big, fell to abysmal depths, then (hopefully), cleaned up and discovered life in a more meaningful way. Its clear that Jerry Schilling was an Elvis insider and witness to so much day-to-day history and hysteria from being around the world's most famous man. I don't think the intent was to chronicle every single detail of his day-to-day with E but to give a sense for the real man and the friendship. Jerry does a very admirable job of giving fans a chance to really see Elvis not as just a superstar entertainer but also as a man who had personal dreams, vulnerabilities, doubts, and challenges as a human being.



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