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

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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. I will admit that I was nervous to read another book on this subject, especially by a friend (there are not many who remain in my life from this time period, as Jerry does), but this book is by far my favorite.

When it came down to choosing between working for Elvis and maintaining his friendship with Elvis (which he did more than once), he chose nervously but wisely. You had worded it very classy saying " we had once prided the world itself on our us against them spirit-but now the difference in lifestyles and attitudes among us made it increasingly harder to pull together as a group" in essence you were growing apart.I now understand why Priscilla and Lisa Marie remained friends with Jerry and continued to think of him as part of their family.

Jerry Schilling was a friend of Elvis for years and is still involved in developing Elvis projects, including projects with EPE. Even though it was published in 2006, my county library did not own an audio copy, so I had to recommend they purchase it.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. 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. I used to think it was because they simply didn't want to lose their job or their place in the inner circle - and maybe that's true for some - but you can also see in this book how perhaps their lack of confrontation or telling hard truths might also have had to do with an unwillingness to hurt someone they loved, someone who was a fragile soul in so many ways. 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.

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