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4.00478468899522 out of 54.00478468899522 out of 54.00478468899522 out of 54.00478468899522 out of 54.00478468899522 out of 5 4.00 (209 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jerry Schilling, Chuck Crisafulli Narrator: William Dufris Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 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 thirteen 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'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. 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 lead to Elvis's abuse of prescription medicine and his tragic death. 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. These vivid memories will be priceless to Elvis's millions of fans, and the compelling story will fascinate an even wider audience. Download and start listening now!


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  • “Jerry had the keys to the kingdom, the keys to the King’s houses, to the King’s cars, to the heart of what made Elvis a king in the first place. Here he unlocks every door and his own heart to boot. In this book, Jerry Schilling brings grace to Graceland.”


  • William Dufris could have tried to imitate the well-recognized timbre and intonation of Elvis's voice, but he chose instead only to slightly alter his tone, making Elvis sound more like a person and less like an icon. AudioFile
  • “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. Jerry Schilling’s words brought tears to my eyes, making me smile and nod as it filled my head with things I had forgotten but thankfully he remembered. Jerry tells his story with the freshness and purity of a man who truly loved his friend. Me and a Guy Named Elvis is not only authentic, honest, and truly moving—it is a marvel.”

    Priscilla Presley

  • “Schilling portrays an incredibly successful, talented, charismatic, spiritual, and moody force prone to acts of extreme generosity (he paid for Schilling’s West Hollywood Hills home) who was ultimately a tragic figure whose short life was beset by constant creative disappointment.”


Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Bobby Trask | 6/13/2016

    " Jerry is one of the good guys. He doesn't hide the "bad stuff" about Elvis , but he doesn't dwell on it either. It seems like every time I read another book on Elvis , they try to sum up his life by focusing on the last few years of the King's life & draw completely unfair conclusions. Jerry tells how things really were , from start to finish. Having briefly met Jerry about 20 years ago , you almost automatically gleen what a good-hearted & good-spirited person He is. Of the Memphis Mafia members I have met , Jerry & Joe (Esposito) are the guys that you felt didn't have hidden agendas for hanging with Elvis all those years. I was also very fond of Charlie Hodge. This book is an honest & heartfelt peek back in time at the King throughout his life & career. I pride myself on knowing everything I can about Elvis & in this book , Jerry pleasantly surprises me a number of times with new (to me) information which is rare. Jerry endears himself to the reader & makes you wish you were there with him as he speaks from the heart. Just feeling the admiration he had for Elvis draws you in. Whether your a die-hard fan or just curious about the world's best entertainer , this book is a must read! ...enjoy! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Dawn | 8/19/2013

    " I learned a lot about Elvis and definitley shed a tear at the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tom | 7/5/2013

    " Don't seek the salacious here. What you will find is an honest, warm appraisal of a complex and largely misunderstood icon but a close friend. A good read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Pam Pitcher | 4/10/2013

    " I love this perspective of Elvis. "

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