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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press (January 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307452751
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307452757
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (174 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #208,545 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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It's a story of a friend who was there before and when Elvis was trying to be heard on the radio during the 50's, and how they remained friends through the years, both the good times and bad times. He talks about Elvis' love for Priscilla and Elvis' love for the road... and 'what happens' when on the road. He talks about his own personal life and career in radio; both good and bad. If you worked in radio, you will appreciate this book, as I did. Elvis recorded the records and George was one of those early Dee Jay's in Memphis who played them 'on the air'. Elvis at times, would stop by at the radio station where George worked and 'hang out'. An interesting book for anyone who LOVES radio or LOVES Elvis! It includes a lot of photos from George's own personal collection. This book is filled with plenty of insight as to what goes on - 'On... and Off the Air' in that wonderful medium called: 'RADIO'. It's all about 'Rock 'n Roll and its performers and a man who would be George Klein's 'Best Man ~ Elvis'! If you want to learn about the 'in's and out's' of radio and a little more about the 'boy from Mississippi who grew up to become a King' ~ the 'King of Rock 'n Roll'... and from a friend who was there with him, this book is for you. You will ENJOY IT... I surely did, and you'll thank me - 'thankmeverymuch!'
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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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George wrote a lovely book about Elvis. His love and life long friendship could not allow him to do otherwise. It has been proven that Elvis was a very generous and complacated man. His compassion for those less fortunate was obvious in every book I read. I think he was a truely good man, a human man, with very complacated problems.
His downfall began in Germany when he began taking drugs, and continued until he died. This led to dreadful conlacations that George was unable to address until the end of the book.
Yet, Elvis was hospitalized several times for drug overdose, this can be forgiven, George's pain was emense.
I always had questions about how he died, some things did not add up. Rest in peace, Elvis, you were loved
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