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Elvis: My Best Man [Hardcover]

George Klein , Chuck Crisafulli
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2 Sep 2010

When George Klein was thirteen, he couldn't have known how important the new kid in class - the one with the guitar, the boy named Elvis - would become in his life. But from the first time GK (as he was nicknamed by Elvis) heard this kid sing, he knew that Elvis Presley was someone extraordinary. In this heartfelt, entertaining and affectionate memoir, George Klein writes candidly about their close friendship, which began at school and continued through Elvis's rise to fame and the wild swirl of his tumultuous life, right up to the singer's tragic death.

Writing with the authority of someone who was in the midst of it all, from the good times at Graceland and hanging out with Hollywood stars to butting heads with Elvis's iron-handed manager, Colonel Tom Parker, GK reveals who the King really was and how he acted when the stage lights were off. Full of anecdotes and first-hand accounts of some of the most defining moments in the legend's life, Elvis: My Best Man captures the true essence of the man behind the music.

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Virgin Books (2 Sep 2010)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0753539500
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753539507
  • Product Dimensions: 16.7 x 24.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 469,109 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"GK was there from the beginning, and there 'til the end. This book is fact." (Jerry Lee Lewis)

"This memoir has the authentic twang of someone who was really there to see it all...If you like Presley, you'll love this book" (Mike Simkins Daily Mail)

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A unique and candid memoir by one of the King's closest lifelong friends

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3.0 out of 5 stars too good to be true 24 Mar 2010
i also waited for a long time for this book and was disappointed. it seems that every career move, every record, every girlfriend, in fact everything in elvis life george had an influence, its a good job george was on the scene isnt it or we might never had had such a brilliant artist as elvis presley!!!! talk about blowing your own trumpet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars MARTY LACKER TALKS ABOUT THE REAL TRUTH 17 Nov 2011
Marty Lacker About GK's Book
By Marty Lacker, Jan 9, 2010

Speaking of books and some of the fiction that has been written in regards to Elvis and his world, I was just sent an excerpt from George Klein's book by a fan in Ireland that was on the Fox News' Fox &friends website and in all my years I have never heard such outright lies. Basically what George has done has taken part of my description of the night I talked Elvis into recording at American Studios in January, '69 and replaced me with himself plus some unbelievable and totally untrue embellishments. He has even conveniently added a couple of dead people to the scene who cannot contradict him by saying Tom Diskin and Freddy Bienstock was at the Graceland dining room table when he said he told Elvis about Chips Moman and got him to record there. Diskin and Bienstock were not there.

He also said Priscilla and Esposito were at the table and they weren't and he completely leaves out the part that I had talked to Elvis about it in what is known as the Jungle Room before everyone went into the dining room, in which he was silently present along with Sonny,Lamar and Felton Jarvis. He even put himself sitting next to Elvis at the table when it was actually me sitting there after I called Chips at home and talked to him about recording Elvis with Felton standing next to me.

Sadly what Klein forgets that there were witnesses to the whole event who will further make him a liar. If this is a sample of what is in his book, I suggest that if you really want to waste your money on it,look for it in the Fiction section of your favorite bookstore.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Elvis, My Best Man by George Klein 5 Feb 2010
I have waited many years for George Klein to tell his story. Now I have read it, I am not disappointed. George has one of the distinctions of knowing and being with Elvis from High school till the end. The other two being Red West & Marty Lacker. His book is both affectionate and humerous as well as containing great detail. It also gives us an insight into Georges own life and Elvis' influence on it. Great book, great value from Amazon.
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Received this yesterday.
well packaged. Great condition.
and who would not like anything to do with the King.
can not wait to read.
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