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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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. Elvis had taken you on a journey of the rise of fame, places, celebrities you got to meet, and the birth of his beloved daughter, Lisa Marie. Included we see a live performance of the elusive Long Tall Sally seen here for the first time ever.

Memphis was also home to WDIA, the first station in the whole country to have a black on-air staff, even though the station itself was white-owned. On a 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 teenager whose first record, 'That's All Right', had just debuted on Memphis radio. Had no idea Elvis was such a voracious reader -- or had a photographic memory -- or was an incorrigible lothario -- or a Self-Realization Fellowship devotee -- or so generous with money -- or a karate fanatic -- and especially that he had endured violence singing black music in the white South. Thanks for your analogy regarding the memphis mafia I had an Idea that when you have too many Alpha males there will be conflict/ jealousy it is just nature of the beast.

I know some ‘insiders’ are still out to cash-in on his fame when they spill details (whether it be in a book or in film), but I might still get glimpses of the legendary truth here and there. He was much more than a member of the Memphis Mafia, Jerry was the closest thing to a brother Elvis ever knew. What I liked about, "Me and a Guy Named Elvis," is, Jerry Schilling was the most educated person in the Memphis Mafia. A shock for the Bible Belt and many might bristle at the thought of the man who could sing "How Great Thou Art" with such conviction and passion, and also "be into" numerology (Cheiro's Book of Numbers). As a close insider, Jerry Schilling is able to give some very detailed accounts of his years as one of Elvis' best friends and most trusted Memphis Mafia members.

He is best friends with Priscilla, so we only get tiny fragments of her in the memoir and all of them are positive. Yes, the pills took their toll on him, but sometimes the reader got the feeling that disappointment was Elvis' depressive, his cross to bear, his anchor. but have warm hearts toward the oppressed of all classes; *but they hide their feelings, and allow people to think what they please*. Elvis "stood, eyed John, and said, 'Let's swap pants,' while simultaneously, in expert [Monty] Python fashion, letting his pajama bottoms drop beneath his robe.

I feel that the Colonel prevented him from exercising those attributes and contributed to his drug abuse and death. He had several of them on the payroll in various roles like security, personal assistants, drivers, etc. 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 tells his story of a young boy growing up poor with no real family before fate changed his life during one Sunday afternoon game of football-and he tells it with humility, honesty, and dignity.

One habit of Elvis' that was not a joke was his insistence that his own music never be played inside Graceland. It is a captivating, well-written, and un-crucifying account of many historic moments that shows the real birth and evolution of Rock and Roll and how it bridged the racial divide. I mean, we all know that Elvis was unable to be faithful to any woman, but "Cilla" wasn't also a fragile victim.

There were a handful of memoirs that highlighted friendships of famous people, and this was one of them.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 enjoyed learning about him outside of being an Elvis man and his desire for becoming an independent person outside the Mafia. What Jerry Schilling has written in Me and a Guy Named Elvis is an account of one man's experience, a personal memoir that, while it places its narrator squarely in the midst of historic events, never claims credit for those events in the way that so many self-serving memoirs are inclined to do. They had always been supportive of Elvis, even welcoming him into their own inner circle of police officers.

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