Legendary Memphis deejay George Klein salutes Elvis every Friday on SiriusXM

A beaming George Klein, then a VIP host at the Horseshoe Casino in Tunica, Mississippi, is captured during Elvis Week on August 12, 2009, at the Memphian Theater signing autographs after the premiere of “At the Gates,” a documentary directed by Kiara Geller, the son of Elvis’s spiritual guru Larry Geller. Photography by Caroline Pratt
On January 10, 2014, Sandy Ferra Martindale and husband-esteemed “Tic-Tac-Dough” game show host Wink Martindale kibitz inside SiriusXM Studio with host George Klein during the annual Elvis Birthday Celebration festivities. Photography by Robert Dye
Circa September 1964, George Klein congratulates 29-year-old childhood buddy and reigning Hollywood superstar Elvis Presley somewhere in Memphis. Klein had recently landed a television job at WHBQ, hosting “Talent Party” from 5–6 p.m. on Saturday afternoons. Image Credit: For Elvis CD Collectors Only / The George Klein Collection
A toy pistol-packing, mustache-sporting Elvis Presley is seen at the wheel of his 1956 Continental Mark II convertible in downtown Memphis with sidekick George Klein on the night of March 22, 1957. Presley nixed a fight with 19-year-old Marine Private Hershel Nixon, who claimed that the “Jailhouse Rock” actor had insulted his wife, by drawing the prop weapon. Image Credit: For Elvis CD Collectors Only
A ravishing in aqua blue Priscilla Beaulieu Presley, George Klein, a cigar-chomping Elvis Presley, and Barbara Little Klein open wedding gifts inside the “Suspicious Minds” rocker’s Las Vegas International Hotel suite on December 5, 1970. Presley graciously paid for his childhood pal’s wedding and ironically would be sadly separated from Beaulieu by Christmas the following year. Photography by Frank Carroll / The George Klein Collection
Click to see George Klein deliver perhaps his greatest speech. With Julian and Sean Lennon standing by, Klein inducts good friend Elvis Presley into the inaugural Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on January 23, 1986.
Video Credit: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
In September 1956 Elvis Presley visited George Klein, who he befriended in the eighth grade, inside the studio of WMC Radio in Memphis. This is likely the most widely seen shot of Presley and Klein together. Image Credit: The George Klein Collection
In late March 1957 Elvis Presley and early Memphis Mafia member George Klein, pictured outside the “Hound Dog” singer’s Audubon Drive home in Memphis, prepare to go cruising on a custom Harley-Davidson Hydra Glide motorcycle. Image Credit: For Elvis CD Collectors Only / The George Klein Collection
On March 28, 1957, Elvis Presley delivers a press conference prior to performing a hysteria-inducing concert at the International Amphitheatre in Chicago, Illinois. A sleep-deprived George Klein is seated and staring directly into the camera. Image Credit: For Elvis CD Collectors Only
Elvis Presley and newly minted Memphis Mafia member George Klein welcome members of the press backstage at the Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Canada, on April 2, 1957. Photography by John Sebert / Chatelaine Magazine / For Elvis CD Collectors Only
Elvis Presley and occasional girlfriend, actress Venetia Stevenson, are flanked by Memphis Mafia members Lamar Fike, Cliff Gleaves, George Klein, and Louis Harris upon arrival at the Strand Theater in Memphis to catch a private midnight screening of Presley’s “Loving You” on August 8, 1957. Photography by Bill Leaptrott / The Memphis Press-Scimitar / For Elvis CD Collectors Only
A 32-year-old Elvis Presley and a 21-year-old Priscilla Beaulieu officially tie the knot of holy matrimony on May 1, 1967, inside Milton Prell’s suite at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas. Memphis “Talent Party” television personality George Klein, a frequent Presley sidekick going back to the eighth grade in 1948, is also pictured. Image Credit: For Elvis CD Collectors Only
SiriusXM satellite radio deejay George Klein authoritatively broadcasts from the grounds of Graceland on February 28, 2014, in Memphis, Tennessee. Photography by Jim Sykes

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