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Elvis: My Best Man: Radio Days, Rock 'n' Roll Nights, and My Lifelong Friendship with Elvis Presley Hardcover – January 5, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Archetype; 1 edition (January 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307452743
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307452740
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #389,864 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Klein’s paean is awfully sincere but, in its folksy naiveté, oddly fetching. Maybe it’s the bio the King would have most wanted. Klein, who met Elvis in eighth grade, has been in the music business most of his life. He hosted early rock shows on Memphis radio and TV, was close at hand during Elvis’ early career, and remained a member of the inner circle to the end. Since then, he has hosted various Elvis-related radio shows and produced an Elvis documentary, and been interviewed by the likes of Larry King, Oprah, and Geraldo Rivera. He recalls a 1955 colloquy in which he suggested Elvis had already risen to such heights that he was “competition” for “Webb Pierce and Ferlin Husky and Hank Snow.” Tellingly, Presley “shook his head and let out a little snort of a laugh. ‘No, George, I’m shooting for Bill Haley,’” he replied. Soon enough, Elvis was at the top of the pop as well as the country charts, and Bill Haley was looking for a new hook. --Mike Tribby

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“George, bravo! I learned some new things about you and your life, especially the earlier years. I feel you capture the essence of Elvis not only in dialogue,
but also in giving the reader a sense of his personality, humor, and his spirit of play. . . . I know that Elvis would be proud that you’ve remained his loyal and lifelong friend.” —Priscilla Presley

“George was with Elvis from the beginning. He personally knows the story.” —Dick Clark

“George Klein is something else. Through the years, George has been right there. He’s got the great stories and he’s always talked about Elvis and presented him with great dignity.” —Tom Petty

“GK was there from the beginning, and there ’til the end. This book is fact.” —Jerry Lee Lewis

“GK was one of the most important friends and confidants of Elvis Presley. This book captures all the excitement of the birth of rock ’n’ roll, and reminds us of the very significant roles that Elvis and GK played as rock ’n’ roll pioneers.” —Jerry Schilling

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Very well written book.
D. Strey
Reading this book really makes me wished I could have met Elvis, he seemed like a genuinely good person to be around.
C. Alvarado
No question after reading this book, GK's best friend was Elvis Presley.
Charles

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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Doris A. Brown on February 10, 2010
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This, by far, is the best book I have read on Elvis. George Klein reveals a softer and more generous side of Elvis than other books. He emphasises Elvis was just a mere mortal human being and made mistakes just like everyone else has in their lifetime. I believe Elvis spent his life searching for the answer "of why the Lord picked him" to be such a superstar. He never forgot his family, where he came from and he truly had to be shocked to see how far he came. His daughter, Lisa Marie, can be very proud of her Father and forget the horrible stories out there about him. He truly was a very remarkable human being and there will never be anyone even close to what Elvis was to this world. Because of him, many people have been fortunate to have enjoyed many hours of pleasure from that beautiful voice of his. He may not have liked the title King, but he was the King when it came to his music and always will be.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By C. Alvarado on January 19, 2010
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I found that I couldn't put this book down. Its nice to see another's view on Elvis's life, also mixes is a nice amount of what GK was doing and how it intertwined with Elvis.
Reading this book really makes me wished I could have met Elvis, he seemed like a genuinely good person to be around. I highly recommend this book to any fan of Elvis or of Rock n Roll in general.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Gregory L. Dolce on February 5, 2012
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I think I've read every book published about Elvis, so I'm not just blowing smoke here. In perspective I'd rate this effort way down there on the list. Klein's effort results in yet another fawning, EPE Approved dribble book written to perserve the Elvis Myth. Because of that you truly must put this book in the pile of totally unobjective output designed to take your money, maybe bring back a few distant memories of Presley and, of course, get a few morsels of 'insider poop' from someone who, by his own account, was 'there to see' it all.

Much of what Klein writes is designed to put not only Elvis but himself in that most positive of light. Elvis, by all trustworthy accounts, was a loyal person. He goes back with Klein to high school in Memphis. There Klein, cynically, you could note to get a vote, befriends Presley and plays into Elvis' penchant for loyality. Klein, who ends up in the music business as a DJ, has often been accused of using that 'in' with Elvis to promote his own career. But, insiders have noted in most accounts that Klein often overstates his role in Elvis' life, and was pretty much relegated to glorified 'go-fer' and a first-class procurer of girls, especially while Presley was in Memphis. In that regard, Klein brags about how many girls he 'fixed Elvis up with'.

A lot of what Klein states in the book as fact has been challenged by others in the know. Again, overstating his significance, Klein often interjects himself into situations where his personal role was absent, and at best, limited. Presley's decision to record in Memphis in the late 60's, for instance, is one example where Klein has been accused of downright lying.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Harshman on June 10, 2010
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I have always been an Elvis fan, but have never like to read. I would listen to George Klein on sirius radio and discovered what a true fan he was. Nobody seemed to know more about Elvis. I decided to buy the book. My
son said you'll never read it. I read the introduction and just couldn't put it down, By the 2nd day I had
read the whole book. I truly loved it. He told about Elvis growing up and how he had been such a good friend to him in school and throughout life. I don't think there is amyone out there who could relate their experiences with Elvis the way George did. No one seemed to know him better, not even Prisilla, Buy the book, you'll be glad you did.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Linda on April 5, 2011
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A wonderful heartfelt story about friendship. George Klein wrote a wonderful memoir of his lifelong friendship with Elvis Presley that many people would never have known of. His recollection of meeting Elvis during his high school years and continuing his friendship through his rise to stardom is amazing.

The true beauty of this story is that it was written 50 years after the fact. There have been many books written about Elvis and this one is truly a treasure and I enjoyed every minute of it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Strey on February 14, 2010
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George Klein did a great job describing his relationships with Elvis and relates much insight into the life of Elvis. Very well written book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. B. A. Clarke on October 7, 2010
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Particularly interesting as it goes back to the school days of Elvis.

Most books begin after he came to fame.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Thornhill on February 18, 2010
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Excellant recap of Elvis's life. Very nicely done and detailed. If you are an Elvis fan you will love it.
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