George Klein (1935 - 2019)

  • "So sad I just found out GK died. A lot of wonderful..."
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    - Jill Bartlett
  • "I met George Klein at the Horseshoe Casino restaurant..."
    - Judy Rouchka

George Klein (Ebet Roberts / Redferns / Getty Images) George Klein in the Television Memorials Photo Gallery Enlarged Photo
George Klein was a Memphis radio DJ and television host, and Elvis Presley's best friend. Klein and Presley met while they were attending Humes High School in Memphis and became lifelong friends. While Presley achieved international fame as a musician, Klein helped spread the word about rock and roll on WHBQ radio and on Memphis TV's "Talent Party" program. But the two remained close: Each man served as best man at the other's wedding, and Klein was a pallbearer at Presley's funeral. Presley nicknamed his friend "GK," and that nickname led to Klein's DJ moniker, "The Geeker," used even in recent years on his Sirius XM show, "Elvis Time." A fixture of the Memphis music scene with a 64-year career on the city's airwaves, Klein was a member of the Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame and the Memphis Music Hall of Fame.

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