Me and a Guy Named Elvis: My Lifelong Friendship with Elvis by Chuck Crisafulli, Jerry Schilling

By Chuck Crisafulli, Jerry Schilling

An intimate memoir of a friendship with the best artist in rock and roll heritage, taking you from late-night events at Graceland to the brilliant lighting of Hollywood units and glittering levels of Vegas

On a lazy Sunday in 1954, twelve-year-old Jerry Schilling wandered right into a Memphis contact soccer online game, purely to find that his workforce was once quarterbacked via a nineteen-year-old Elvis Presley, the neighborhood teen whose first list, “That’s All Right,” had simply debuted on Memphis radio. the 2 grew to become speedy buddies, at the same time Elvis become the world’s largest superstar. In 1964, Elvis invited Jerry to paintings for him as a part of his “Memphis Mafia,” and Jerry quickly chanced on himself dwelling with Elvis full-time in a Bel Air mansion and, later, in his personal room at Graceland. Over the following 13 years Jerry might paintings for Elvis in a variety of capacities—from bodyguard to photograph double to co-executive manufacturer on a karate movie. yet greater than the rest he used to be Elvis’s shut good friend and confidant: Elvis relied on Jerry with maintaining his existence whilst he obtained demise threats, he requested Jerry to force him and Priscilla to the health center the day Lisa Marie was once born and to accompany him in the course of the recognized “lost weekend” whilst he traveled to fulfill President Nixon on the White House.

Me and a man Named Elvis appears at Presley from a friend’s standpoint, providing readers the guy instead of the icon—including insights into the artistic frustrations that result in Elvis’s abuse of prescription drugs and his tragic demise. Jerry deals never-before-told tales approximately lifestyles within Elvis’s internal circle and an emotional recounting of the good occasions, demanding occasions, and precise occasions he and Elvis shared. those vibrant thoughts can be worthwhile to Elvis’s thousands of lovers, and the compelling tale will fascinate an excellent wider viewers. BACKCOVER: boost compliment for Me and a man Named Elvis

“This ebook stored me up overdue into the evening as I became the pages, reliving each state of affairs and each tale as though I have been there over again, until eventually i stopped. Jerry Schilling’s phrases introduced tears to my eyes, making me smile and nod because it stuffed my head with issues I had forgotten yet fortunately he remembered. Jerry tells his tale with the freshness and purity of a guy who really enjoyed his good friend. Me and a man Named Elvis isn't just genuine, sincere, and actually moving—it is a marvel.”
—Priscilla Presley
“Jerry had the keys to the dominion, the keys to the King’s homes, to the King’s autos, to the guts of what made Elvis a King within the first position. the following he unlocks each door and his personal middle besides. during this publication, Jerry Schilling brings grace to Graceland.”
—Bono

“Jerry Schilling has captured the wonderful thing about my father’s spirit in a fashion that hasn't ever been performed earlier than. i'll admit that i used to be anxious to learn one other ebook in this topic, specially through a chum (there usually are not many that stay in my lifestyles from this period of time, as Jerry does), yet this publication is by means of a ways my favourite. it's a fascinating, well-written, and un-crucifying account of many old moments that exhibits the genuine delivery and evolution of Rock and Roll and the way it bridged the racial divide. Jerry tells his tale of a tender boy becoming up negative without actual relatives sooner than destiny replaced his lifestyles in the course of one Sunday afternoon video game of football—and he tells it with humility, honesty, and dignity.”
—Lisa Marie Presley

“What Jerry Schilling has written in Me and a man Named Elvis is an account of 1 man’s adventure, a private memoir that, whereas it locations its narrator squarely in the middle of historical occasions, by no means claims credits for these occasions within the approach that such a lot of self-serving memoirs tend to do. it's a balanced remedy of a fancy topic . . . What i believe distinguishes the ebook so much of all, notwithstanding, is its emotional honesty, the generosity of spirit with which Jerry seeks to emulate his buddy and mentor.”
—Peter Guralnick, writer of final teach to Memphis and Careless Love

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

An intimate memoir of a friendship with the best artist in rock and roll heritage, taking you from late-night events at Graceland to the brilliant lighting of Hollywood units and glittering phases of Vegas

On a lazy Sunday in 1954, twelve-year-old Jerry Schilling wandered right into a Memphis contact soccer online game, in basic terms to find that his crew was once quarterbacked through a nineteen-year-old Elvis Presley, the neighborhood youngster whose first checklist, “That’s All Right,” had simply debuted on Memphis radio. the 2 turned quick acquaintances, while Elvis changed into the world’s greatest famous person. In 1964, Elvis invited Jerry to paintings for him as a part of his “Memphis Mafia,” and Jerry quickly discovered himself residing with Elvis full-time in a Bel Air mansion and, later, in his personal room at Graceland. Over the following 13 years Jerry might paintings for Elvis in quite a few capacities—from bodyguard to photograph double to co-executive manufacturer on a karate movie. yet greater than the rest he was once Elvis’s shut buddy and confidant: Elvis relied on Jerry with retaining his existence whilst he obtained loss of life threats, he requested Jerry to force him and Priscilla to the health center the day Lisa Marie was once born and to accompany him through the well-known “lost weekend” whilst he traveled to satisfy President Nixon on the White House.

Me and a man Named Elvis appears to be like at Presley from a friend’s standpoint, delivering readers the guy instead of the icon—including insights into the artistic frustrations that bring about Elvis’s abuse of prescription drugs and his tragic loss of life. Jerry bargains never-before-told tales approximately existence within Elvis’s internal circle and an emotional recounting of the nice instances, challenging instances, and exact instances he and Elvis shared. those vibrant stories can be necessary to Elvis’s hundreds of thousands of lovers, and the compelling tale will fascinate an excellent wider viewers. BACKCOVER: develop compliment for Me and a man Named Elvis

“This publication stored me up past due into the evening as I grew to become the pages, reliving each state of affairs and each tale as though I have been there once more, until eventually i ended. Jerry Schilling’s phrases introduced tears to my eyes, making me smile and nod because it stuffed my head with issues I had forgotten yet fortunately he remembered. Jerry tells his tale with the freshness and purity of a guy who actually enjoyed his good friend. Me and a man Named Elvis isn't just actual, sincere, and really moving—it is a surprise. ”
—Priscilla Presley
“Jerry had the keys to the dominion, the keys to the King’s homes, to the King’s vehicles, to the guts of what made Elvis a King within the first position. right here he unlocks each door and his personal middle as well. during this e-book, Jerry Schilling brings grace to Graceland. ”
—Bono

“Jerry Schilling has captured the wonderful thing about my father’s spirit in a manner that hasn't ever been performed earlier than. i'll admit that i used to be frightened to learn one other e-book in this topic, particularly through a pal (there aren't many that stay in my existence from this period of time, as Jerry does), yet this ebook is via some distance my favourite. it's a desirable, well-written, and un-crucifying account of many historical moments that exhibits the true start and evolution of Rock and Roll and the way it bridged the racial divide. Jerry tells his tale of a tender boy turning out to be up negative without genuine relatives earlier than destiny replaced his lifestyles in the course of one Sunday afternoon video game of football—and he tells it with humility, honesty, and dignity. ”
—Lisa Marie Presley

“What Jerry Schilling has written in Me and a man Named Elvis is an account of 1 man’s event, a private memoir that, whereas it areas its narrator squarely in the middle of historical occasions, by no means claims credits for these occasions within the means that such a lot of self-serving memoirs tend to do. it's a balanced therapy of a posh topic . . . What i believe distinguishes the ebook such a lot of all, notwithstanding, is its emotional honesty, the generosity of spirit with which Jerry seeks to emulate his buddy and mentor. ”
—Peter Guralnick, writer of final teach to Memphis and Careless Love

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