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George Klein, legendary DJ and friend to Elvis Presley, has died

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — George Klein, the legendary Memphis DJ and best friend to Elvis Presley, has died at 83-years-old.

Klein was a friend of Elvis Presley since they met at Humes High School at age 13. He was a groomsman in Elvis’ wedding and a pall bearer at his 1977 funeral.

Klein died Tuesday evening.

Priscilla Presley tweeted her condolences after learning of his death.

Congressman Steve Cohen released a statement saying, “George Klein was a friend of Elvis, a friend to many and a friend of mine. A member of the Memphis Mafia and always TCB, George kept Elvis’ music at the forefront from the days of “Jailhouse Rock” to “Elvis Time” on SiriusXM satellite radio. He was always a nice guy and we were mutual friends of the late Irvin Salky. His was a life well lived and he will be missed.”

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I remember listening to him on the radio while growing up in Memphis. He was a pretty good DJ, played the popular stuff and was fairly well thought of. But frankly, he was just average. Nothing special there. 

He was really the guy who became famous because he was a friend of Elvis. He played that connection to the hilt. Never let anybody forget it and milked it for all he could. Honestly, I didn't like him just because of the way he used the Elvis connection. If not for that, he would have just faded into history unknown. Frankly, for the last 30-40 years every time you saw him the guy looked like he was stoned out of his mind. :wacko:

I am sorry he died. Just not broken up about it. 

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