Me and a Guy Named Elvis: My Lifelong Friendship with Elvis Presley
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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. 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.
Although a working class Memphian just like Elvis, Jerry wasn’t a ‘good ol boy’ like most of the crew. But there were other times when you could sense just how tired he’d become of night after night of one-night stands, and when you could see what a toll it had taken on him.
I grew-up eating peanut butter and banana sandwiches and still cannot believe I didn’t have a fried one until Graceland -- the man was a genius! EDIT: Since Tom Hanks is playing him in the movie, Jerry also talks about The Colonel and I had never heard of the Colonel outside of this book. Elvis Presley may be famous for his pelvic thrusts and never ending sideburns but a new book is all set to reveal that he had a passion for practical jokes too. It’s worth bearing in mind the small p ‘politics’, that Jerry earned his living from Elvis Presley Enterprises and was close to Priscilla and Lisa. 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.
It was nice to read there were many happy times and although a strange life it was not a miserable life as some would have us believe. His stage jumpsuits had originally been designed to accommodate his intensely physical performances. 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? What I didn't like was, how Schilling skipped over Elvis's death, it was like a page and then, straight back into what Jerry was doing; IE, managing the Beach Boys.I appreciated it a lot, but one must remember that it is most likely a very biased portrayal of Elvis, Jerry, and other people mentioned.
but have warm hearts toward the oppressed of all classes; *but they hide their feelings, and allow people to think what they please*. Elvis wanted a seating area, a conference room, and a private bedroom on the plane, with space for an in-flight reading library. More than anything, this moving and elegantly told memoir resonates with the spirit of true friendship.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 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. 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! A couple of guys had blind-sighted Elvis, pretending to come to him for an autograph… swing at him when they got close enough… throwing a punch and then driving away. Par godina kasnije, prvi put je došao u Graceland kao Elvisov gost, a nedugo nakon toga postao je i Elvisov najbliži suradnik i jedan od najboljih prijatelja.
Kind of dreaded reading it, afraid it will be a dry slog of general Elvis history, but it was quite entertaining, and a different view of Elvis and his friendships with people. They are very determined in carrying out their plans, and may, in fact, be deemed obstinate and unyielding, except when they themselves become deeply attached: in such a case, they become devoted those they love. 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. A man of great talents, but also a man who struggled mightily to find a balance in his life between his creative passions and the real-world challenges he constantly faced.I've come to feel that my friend gave me his blessing for this book long ago when he was on a drive across the desert with karate instructor Ed Parker. 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 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.