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    Elvis and practical jokes...

    This was on EIN...

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    Jerry Schilling talks about Elvis' passion for practical jokes: Elvis Presley may be famous for his pelvic thrusts and never ending sideburns but a new book is all set to reveal that he had a passion for practical jokes too.

    According to the New York Post, in Me and a Guy Named Elvis, which hits stores next month, author Jerry Schilling, a key member of Presley's Memphis Mafia, recalls one night when John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin stopped by with a few friends to meet Elvis and found him decked out in pajamas. Elvis "stood, eyed John, and said, 'Let's swap pants,' while simultaneously, in expert [Monty] Python fashion, letting his pajama bottoms drop beneath his robe. John burst out laughing. Nobody accepted Elvis' offer."


    Elvis loved to tweak performers who did his act. One night in Las Vegas, he passed a lounge where a burly singer was "overdoing the Elvis vibrato just a bit," the author says. 'Without breaking stride, Elvis . . . stormed into the lounge, walked right up onstage, hoisted his cane like he was going clobber the guy and said, 'If you're going to do it, do it right.' He gave the crowd a great big wink, hopped off-stage, and zoomed right out of there. But the big singer didn't see the wink - he'd been so startled that he'd fallen off the stage."

    One habit of Elvis' that was not a joke was his insistence that his own music never be played inside Graceland. Schilling remembers one day when somebody put on All Shook Up during a party. "Who's the wise guy that put that god**** music on? Get that crap off!" Presley roared. "There was no doubt he was really angry," Schilling writes. "He was proud of his work, but it was just that - his work. He lived with his music outside of the house - he didn't need to hear it while he was trying to relax in his own basement."

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    I was going to buy the book anyway but if the Jerry pictures that side of Elvis i think it?s going to be a really cool book
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    I'll buy this book for sure...

    I always wonder how much of it is the truth? I mean, after 30-40 years, the timeline and details must have been forgotten or at least, must be blurry?

    One thing I'm not that crazy about is that Jerry is so close with Priscilla.

    Did you know that Jerry was real close friends with the Beach Boys and even was their road manager for some time?
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    I sometimes think that Pris and Jerry will become a couple, really.

    They seem to have grown so close

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    If anyone needs to know about Elvis's practical jokes on stage, look no furhter than Closing night FTD. Some real side splitting stuff!
    sincerely, Scott, a 15 year old Elvis fan

    prayers to Jackie my auntie in law, and R.I.P Charlie Hodge, both victims of cancer

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    Lightnin' Bolt

    Goodness, this seems to have appeared ready for the bookshelves like a lightnin' bolt out of the blue!

    Could it be that Priscilla has pushed for Jerry to release his story before ol' Sonny West makes his mark with his new book?

    Hmmm....
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    Jerry tells EIN why he wrote the book...

    By the way, when is Sonny's book due for release?

    The quote below and what Jerry has to say was on EIN...

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    Elvis still matters. His music lives on, and, almost 30 years after his death, his life and achievements continue to have deep emotional impact on all of us. The fact that my friend's artistic legacy remains so strong makes me proud, but I did not write my book simply to celebrate that legacy. Frankly, you don't need me to tell you that Elvis was a great performer, that Heartbreak Hotel can still give you chills, or that If I Can Dream can still make you cry. But, I think that over the years, as Elvis's music and image have become more and more iconic, the very important human side of his story has been lost.

    That's what I wanted to capture in my book, because the Elvis I knew was not a legend ? he was a man. A man of great talents, but also a man who struggled mightily to find a balance in his life between his creative passions and the real-world challenges he constantly faced. Elvis worked incredibly hard to achieve what he did, and if my book accomplishes anything, I want it to remind people what a revolutionary force he was in kicking down barriers ? between different kinds of music and between people of different races ? and in opening up a whole new world of possibilities for us with the gift of rock and roll. Beyond the music, I want to let people know what a deep person Elvis was, what an intelligent seeker of knowledge he was, and, most personally, what a real friend he was.

    I've come to feel that my friend gave me his blessing for this book long ago when he was on a drive across the desert with karate instructor Ed Parker. Elvis told Ed he was considering writing his autobiography, to be titled Through My Eyes. He told Ed that he did not want many people around him involved in this project, but he mentioned only one by name that he did want to be a part of it: me. He was ready to trust me with his story back then, and I kept that very much in mind as I wrote my book.

    In the fall of 1964, when I first went to work for Elvis after a decade of friendship with him, I was a few practice teaching credits shy of becoming a history teacher. Now after half a century of living through all kinds of experiences with this man and his family and friends, I've come full circle ? I'm now ready to share some history. It just so happens that my subject of expertise is Elvis Presley, one of the most important figures of the 20th century and certainly the most remarkable man I've ever known. If I can get you to feel ? really feel ? a bit of what our times together were like, and give you a fresh appreciation of Elvis's life and work, then I will have accomplished in Me And A Guy Named Elvis what I set out to do.

    I'd also like to take this opportunity to thank all the fans around the world who have always been so kind to me.

    Jerry Schilling

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    Sonny's Book

    I thought Sonny, and collaborator Marshall Terrill, were pushing for a Fall, 2006 release...but don't quote me exactly on this one...

    I was of the opinion that it was eventually going to be released sometime next year and this is most probably to coincide with the 30th Anniversary of "Elvis What Happened?" and of course, Elvis' untimely death.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NEA
    I thought Sonny, and collaborator Marshall Terrill, were pushing for a Fall, 2006 release...but don't quote me exactly on this one...

    I was of the opinion that it was eventually going to be released sometime next year and this is most probably to coincide with the 30th Anniversary of "Elvis What Happened?" and of course, Elvis' untimely death.

    NEA.

    Thanks for that info at least we'll have an ideal when to start watching for it now.

    I'll be curious to read, his take 30 years later on what he wrote, or if he thinks what he told to the ghost writer from the enquirer accuratly reported what he said all those years ago in What Happened. I know they touched on it some in the "all the kings men" video series but Sonny didn't speak that much in it, mainly Red did, and he voiced some regrets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by franny

    I've come to feel that my friend gave me his blessing for this book long ago when he was on a drive across the desert with karate instructor Ed Parker. Elvis told Ed he was considering writing his autobiography, to be titled Through My Eyes. He told Ed that he did not want many people around him involved in this project, but he mentioned only one by name that he did want to be a part of it: me.



    I wonder how much of that quote, not that we'll ever know is true. Like NEA said in another post today I'm very interested in hearing what people that actually knew and met Elvis have to say about their experiences with him. So I'm getting the book for sure. I've learned to read them all but not necessarily accept them all as the be all and end all.

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    Thanks for the info. I'm qurious when this book will be released in The Netherlands. I love to read the funny stuff that Elvis did through the years. We all know he loved practical jokes and was good in it.

    Christel (TCE)

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