Me and a Guy Named Elvis

  • by Jerry Schilling, Chuck Crisafulli
  • Narrated by William Dufris
  • 14 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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What the Critics Say

"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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Customer Reviews

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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.
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- John

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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- Elliot

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-15-2006
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio