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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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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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Elliot
  • Lethbridge, AB, Canada
  • 03-10-08

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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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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  • ken
  • Acworth, GA, United States
  • 03-05-08

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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Enjoyed

I have really enjoyed this one. Always like a biographical work. Jerry Schilling is one of the last Memphis Mafia guys alive.

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  • Louise
  • Austin, Texas
  • 09-23-17

Thanks Jerry

Wonderful story. I wish you had shared what you experienced the week Elvis passed. The reason I state this wish is because you are a trusted advisor on this subject and I would have felt like yours was the true version of the goings on that week.

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AWESOME look in life of Elvis

Great story that captured what life be like if Elvis was your best friend. Thank you Jerry for telling your story. Made me feel like I was a part of Memphis mafia.

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Excellent

I really liked this book because the author writes from the heart. So much of Elvis personal life was explained with the events of the start of his career to the end. Although seen through the authors eye you still get a good sense of Elvis character off stage and the friendship they had. Plus the love Elvis had for all those people who had contact with him.Recommend to all Elvis fans. I was sad when the book ended I wanted more because it was that good.

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Schillings ' honest and unbiased truth of Elvis

I loved this story! I cryed, I laughed and I gained a new perspective of the while lifestyle of the King!
I have read other elvis books including Elvis What Happened and Sonny West 2nd book etc. But, this read was such a great, refreshing perspective. One that had a balance and an independent approach. He has that perspective because, he knew when to walk away from Elvis and live on his own terms. Even though, growing up he was totally enamerged by Elvis. Funny how rhings work out.
I think Elvis noticed Jerry always had his best interest and respected his independent heart. That's why the remained loyal friends. And the best was the bonus material! ! I was left with such a greay feeling after listening to this book, im afraid to read another in fear of spoiling it! Jerry Schilling you are a very special person with a heart of GOLD!! Thank you!

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Love Elvis..This Book...Not so Much

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I really don't know. Mr. Schilling's family?

What was most disappointing about Jerry Schilling and Chuck Crisafulli ’s story?

It dragged on. Very dramatic over very minor details. The narrator took away from the story.

How could the performance have been better?

I would rather Mr. Schilling had read it himself. Would sound more legit.

What character would you cut from Me and a Guy Named Elvis?

None it's a biography

Any additional comments?

Might be better to actually read this one. Listening is painful