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Publisher's Summary

On a lazy Sunday in 1954, 12-year-old Jerry Schilling wandered into a Memphis touch-football game, only to discover that his team was quarterbacked by a 19-year-old Elvis Presley, the local teen whose first record, That's All Right, had just debuted on Memphis radio. The two became fast friends, even as Elvis turned into the world's biggest star. 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.

Over the next 13 years, Jerry would work for Elvis in various capacities, from bodyguard to photo double to co-executive producer on a karate film. But more than anything else, he was Elvis' close friend and confidant. Elvis trusted Jerry with protecting his life when he received death threats; he also asked Jerry to drive him and Priscilla 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.

Me and a Guy Named Elvis looks at Presley from a friend's perspective, offering readers the man rather than the icon, including insights into the creative frustrations that led to Elvis' abuse of prescription medication and his tragic death. Jerry offers never-before-told stories about life inside Elvis' inner circle and an emotional recounting of the great times, hard times, and unique times he and Elvis shared. These vivid memories will be priceless for Elvis' millions of fans, and the compelling story will fascinate an even wider audience.

©2006 Jerry Schilling (P)2006 Tantor Media, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Schilling's heartfelt narrative makes this more than just another piece of Elvis product." (Publishers Weekly)
"Me and a Guy Named Elvis is not only authentic, honest, and truly moving, it is a marvel." (Priscilla Presley)
"Jerry Schilling has captured the beauty of my father's spirit in a way that has never been done before....This book is by far my favorite." (Lisa Marie Presley)

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Great Easy Read

This book sat on my wish list for a while because I was picturing some tell all, expose' style book. Well it waited much too long, and it wasn't anything like I expected. It's not so much about Elvis but more about what it would be like to have Elvis in your life. Which as one could expect is exciting, luxurious, celebrity filled and above all unpredictable. Jerry Shilling (author) did an awesome job with this book and it was a very EASY read. Just think of somebody telling you the most amazing life story around a campfire while you relax, sit back and enjoy.

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Narration too dramatic

This book was a bit of a surprise to me and I enjoyed almost every chapter. Not a huge Elvis fan but learned a fair bit. Biggest complaint is the dramatic "over the top" read by the narrator. Kind of like how your Grade 3 teacher would read out loud to the class. Some might like that style...not me. I will avoid books read by this narrator in the future.

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This Book Really Moved Me

This book was pure magic to me. I am not a lifelong Elvis fan, but lately have been exploring him as an entertainer and a spiritual influence to many people. The book really captured the magic of the period and seemed genuinely heartfelt and with a sincere enthusiasm that helped recreate the thrills of an overall happy and uplifting time. Mr. Schilling, however, does not gloss over the failings and pains in Elvis' life, but addresses them with the sympathy, love, and frustration of a true friend. The book is a real gem and the narration does a good job of tapping into the emotion and excitement of the story - not a dry read! In turns it made me feel like a wide-eyed kid in the south, an excited teenager realizing his dream of befriending an idealized elder brother, a sad and sometimes helpless watcher of tragedy, but most of all like a true friend and never-ending admirer of a very deep and special person who poured his heart out to the world ... oh yeah, and also like a front-row fan to the most incredible 20-year concert you could imagine!

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Great Book!

Jerry Schilling does a great job revealing a whole new side to Elvis Presley. I was just a kid when Elvis was alive, I only knew what the media broadcast about him. I never knew Elvis was such a caring and giving person. It's a shame the media doesn't cover this more.

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Elvis fans bible

Awesome read, a truly remarkable way to get to know Elvis the man, and the good hearted, easy going, intelligent guy Jerry Schilling

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Highly Recommend

I have listened to two books about Elvis. This one really gave me a wonderful picture of who he really was beyond his talent as a singer and performer. I might listen to it again.

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EXCELLENT!!!

This book is beautiful. Jerry tells this story with such kindness and love. I can tell he loved my cousin as a man, friend and musician. He shows respect, admiration and compassion. I believe, out of all the people in Elvis Presley's life, this man was his true friend. You won't be disappointed with the book and the audible is SUPERB! The whole book is incredible in the way he remembers and tells the story from their meeting forward. My favorite parts were Jerry's own chapter and the interview at the end because he speaks the same way he wrote, with love. The ONLY thing that would have made the book better is if Jerry had read it himself for the audible. The man who reads is great and does a wonderful job, so I mean nothing negative about his work. Thanks Jerry Schilling for an amazing insight to your friendship and life with Elvis!

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Powerful

Insightful, well-written and well-performed audio book. I felt like I was living the events as they were shared. This book will stay with me for some time.

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I didn’t want it to end

Being a lifetime fan of Elvis and loving the new movie, I was excited to hear Jerry Schilling’s perspective about his friend and employer. Who was Elvis? What was it like to be around the King?
This book did not disappoint! I really enjoyed hearing about his best friend, who was always there for him…whom he loved like family. I didn’t want it to end. I was 8 years old when Elvis passed away. I was devastated and still wish he were alive. How could the biggest star be gone? I hope Elvis realizes how much he is still loved. Thank you to the author for this loving tribute which shows the human side of an amazing man. RIP Elvis; you are missed.

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So good yet so sad….

Thank you Jerry Schilling for proving to be a TRUE and GENUINE FRIEND to Elvis Presley❤️That’s hard to find for the average person but obviously more so for celebrities of any kind. Of course Elvis wasn’t perfect, no one is…. we all have skeletons in our closets. You don’t hide that fact but you do it with grace and dignity. Elvis was lucky to have you as his best friend as you were to have him❤️I thoroughly enjoyed hearing about this side of Elvis in this very BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN BOOK❤️It was so nice hearing from you (in the interview) as well as from The King himself at the end❤️Straight from “the horses mouth” as you said….It was so very disheartening and it made me so sad💔
What a very BITTERSWEET JOURNEY you take the readers on….THANK YOU❤️