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Me and a Guy Named Elvis: My Lifelong Friendship with Elvis Presley

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  828 ratings  ·  57 reviews
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, Elv ...more
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Published September 5th 2006 by Tantor Media (first published 2006)
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Vaishali
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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“I’m a fan of anyone who’s the best at what they do.” - Elvis Presley on why he introduced Wilt Chamberlain at a concert.

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I didn't list enough quotes to give His Majesty enough justice, but WOW. 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 So
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Craig Nixon
Aug 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have a teacher friend who has the uncanny ability to make me feel better about myself than I ever should. He is a born diplomat, cheerleader, sage. Every single time I have lunch with him, go see a movie or a football game, I realize how lucky I am to have him as a friend. If I were to die, he would probably give a praiseworthy eulogy at my funeral, maybe even write my uneventful biography.

And I'm no Elvis. Far from it. I am just an average teacher in a modest suburb in Virginia, but somehow
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Eddie Belcher
Jan 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am 42 and have been an Elvis fan for over 35 years. During that time I have read quite a few Elvis biographies; however, this one stands out at the top of the list due to Jerry Schilling’s sincerity and close tie to Elvis Presley -the man- as well as the entertainer. 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.

Jerry does a very admirable job of giving fans a chance to really s
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Laura
Oct 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to read a biography about Elvis before I went to Graceland, and chose this book. I learned a lot about Elvis the person. I thought the author did a great job of describing the kind of person Elvis was, not just all of his accomplishments.
Caleb Anderson
Apr 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great read on the life on Elvis Presley from the perspective of one his closest friends. It's a little longer than it needs to be, and there are definitely parts that are biased towards making Elvis out as positive as possible, but still an enjoyable and informative bio.
Anthony
Nov 30, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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There were some interesting points about this book. I found the insight to Elvis never really socializing outside of his inner circle, the first hand personal side of Elvis, and the Beatles meeting very interesting. I thought Schilling himself going to UCLA while working for Elvis was interesting, especially since I grew up in the area and could picture him walking up and down the hill along Sunset.
But there was some off putting stuff in the book as well. Schilling is very full of himself and tr
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Diane Heath
Mar 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This was an insider's look at the life of Elvis Presley. Reviews from Priscilla Presley and Lisa Marie both support Jery Schilling's book. He met Elvis when he was 12 and Elvis was 19. The book does not deny the drug problems that Elvis had but does not make them the center of the books. It is a well balanced look at Elvis and you know that Jerry truly was a friend to Elvis. As he states in his forward "I wouldn't want to speak for Elvis Presley and tell you that I was his best friend. But I can ...more
Rhys
Nov 18, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Elvis...and I like to hear what went on between him and his friends. However...Jerry Schilling is such a sap...it's hard to believe they were just "friends." (I'm just sayin')
Dlittle
ok book told by a friend of Elvis'. He seemed like a real nice guy in this story, which is a little different than the book written by his ex-wife. Got it at Graceland when I went with Maria.
Greetje-greta
It was an ok book,found it a little boring at times.Read a lot about Elvis and this was not the best.
Lisa
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm a huge Elvis fan and have read a few books written about him through the years. I especially wanted to read this from one of the guys who was part of the inner circle and who continues to be so involved with the legacy to see how he might spin it and if he would have anything new to tell us. I think one of the things I really appreciated about the way Schilling tells the story is that he - like most - was a fan, was enamored with Elvis from the beginning and genuinely loved him. And while he ...more
Sammy Ochoa
Jul 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ever since I was little I remember going to my grandmas house and watching Elvis's movies and hearing his songs. It wasn't until now that I wanted to learn more about the king and I am so glad I did. It's a fantastic biography, I really enjoyed how it was written from a friends point of view rather than a writer of my biographies or someone who worked with Elvis only seeing his business side. It felt for special and personal to read it from Mr. Schilling, I feel like I have way better understand ...more
Bongo Starkey
Aug 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Its clear that Jerry Schilling was an Elvis insider and witness to so much day-to-day history and hysteria from being around the world's most famous man. Jerry chronicles his own personal story of how he met Elvis in a Memphis school as a pre-teen. There's a lot of humanity in the stories of Elvis, including his personal thoughts, his sheer generosity, his remarkable insecurity and his relationships with those closest to him.

Mr. Schilling goes to great lengths to sanitize Elvis's flaws and his o
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RuthyMB
Mar 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’ve spent probably the last 20 years reading around and exploring the life of Elvis, as a lifelong fan. I purposely put off reading this book for such a long time, because I knew it would be the best one. I’ve read pretty much every book written by those in Elvis’s inner circle and this was the most respectful, touching memoir of Jerry Schilling’s life with Elvis from aged 12 right up until his death. It showed a different side of Elvis that books by ex girlfriends and even Priscilla couldn’t q ...more
Beth Baier
Jun 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I have always been a fan of Elvis' music... and still enjoy listening to my Elvis cd's. this book takes you behind the scenes and gives you an in depth picture of Elvis the person.... and how many people it took to help run his 'business'. There was no doubt of the love and friendship that jerry and Elvis shared!

My only complaint... The chapters were long... and all the pictures were at the very end!
Ingibjorg Bjorgvinsdottir
Wonderful biography emotional and haertwarming. A book first and foremost about fraindship and how that survives but also the darker parts of how addiction takes a toll. I would have liked Schiller to have been more honest about how Elvis's doctors played an important role in his death, why does he not bear any grudge. Maybe some honesty about codependency would have given this book more dept.
Jeanette
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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First audio book I’ve listened to all the way through - the narrator makes all the difference, clearly. This guy was ok but not great. The book content was ok, very sanitised story of Elvis, his death came out of nowhere in this book as no reference was made whatsoever to his dangerous lifestyle. But Jerry Schilling’s story was interesting so all in all not bad.
Jenny
Jun 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was so deeply touched by this volume. Jerry Schilling had the pleasure of knowing Elvis Presley before fame found him and remained his friend right to the end. Jerry worked for and alongside Elvis from the beginning. His heart is a tender one and his memories leave no room for spinning tales. Thank you Jerry for showing us not Elvis, the performer , but Elvis, the man.
Booksare4ever
Oct 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I liked this book a lot. There's a whole new side to Elvis that you get to know. A very personal story written by a man who's been close to Elvis for most of his life. If you're interested in Elvis, the man behind the fame, I recommend this book!
Harry John
Dec 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Perfect insight I wanted. Fun and exciting good read. Talented writer. Extraordinary life.
Russell Samuelson
Great read

Of all the books on Elvis I have read I felt a real connection to the subject and the author
Tracey Barry
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An honest account of true friendship. Other then Elvis and me by Priscilla its my favourite book ever written. Thanks Jerry....
Nick Van
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good and thorough account of the King by one of his best friends — and a faithful account, in the fullest sense of the word. Necessary reading for any Elvis fan.
Joan
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent! The best Elvis book I’ve read to date. Thank you Jerry for sharing your relationship with Elvis with the world!
Marion Wilson
Oct 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It took me a long time to read it it's an amazing book I have now read a few books on Elvis this one is my best
Barbara Klobe
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic read - Jerry Schilling is the type of person we all should have as a friend - loyal, supportive, trustworthy, honest, dependable. This is the first book I have read about Elvis & I was so happy to have read. I learned a lot about Elvis but mostly, I learned about true friendship - a great story told! Thank you Jerry!! ...more
Sharon Carey
I liked about 3/4 of the book... telling us how charitable and generous Elvis was. I would have liked to see more of how he slipped into drug abuse... it seemed to be very sudden that he was addicted, then he died... boom.
Msmeemee
May 14, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who want to bang elvis for his looks or his voice or both
Shelves: biographies, music
let me start off by saying that my review of this book is totally biased for two reasons.

first, look at the cover. the boy was fine as fuck. i'm a fan for his fuckableness if not for his musical genius.

second, i've already crowned him the king of rock n' roll despite what others may have said contrary to that. anyone who can dress up like a blinged-out adult karate kid and have performers after him (ie., michael jackson, prince) follow suit has GOT to be the king (if not a queen) in my eyes.

but
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Dustin Henson
Mar 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first time I read this book was nearly ten years ago as of this writing, I believe early summer 2010, so i thought it was a great time to revisit and get a second read. 2010 was also the year I visited Graceland. I’ve read a handful of books on Elvis, and there is many more that I have yet to read, but if anyone were to ask which book to read about Elvis, Jerry Schilling’s “Me and a Guy Named Elvis” would be the hands down book i would recommend. We all know what a talent and Legend Elvis wa ...more
Shahrun
Nov 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: elvis
If you are looking for a sensational behind the scenes tale of dirt on Elvis, look away now. This is a story of friendship, albeit under the most extraordinary and unique circumstances. I felt this book was honestly written and genuine. Jerry Schilling has certainly led a fascinating life. He is so lucky to have been blessed not only with a good friend, but a wealth of different opertunities as a bonus to the friendship. He also gained my respect when I read that he was able to go off and persue ...more
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