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Posted: Jul 12, 2008 1:12 pm
Any of you Memphis cats and kittens know anything about this guy??

From what I know he had a local TV show back in the 1960's. There is a clip from his show floating around with Sam Cooke and Jackie Wilson singing Cooke's "Everybody Loves to Cha Cha". I guess it was a local rock and roll show back then. If you(or your parents, depending on how old you are), got the goods, let me know, it will be much appreciated.
Posted: Jul 12, 2008 1:20 pm
Elvis' best friend!
Posted: Jul 12, 2008 1:44 pm | Edited by: Alisa
This'll get you started, at least.
The show was called House Party, and I remember watching it when I was a tiny girl. There's also a famous clip of James Brown on the show.
He did a big rock and roll show at Christmas time that benefitted a charity for decades.

He's also featured in numerous books about Memphis, and Memphis music. I believe he actually still has a show on cable access here where he interviews musicians.

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=george+klein+memphis&btnG=Google+ Search
VERY influential guy in the history of Memphis rock and roll.
Posted: Jul 13, 2008 2:57 pm
Thank you for the info
Posted: Jul 13, 2008 7:18 pm
He has "The Elvis Hour" on Country Legends AM 790, every Saturday afternoon. Full of E anecdotes and tunes. I like the show.
Posted: Jul 13, 2008 7:41 pm
He did very well for himself by keeping Elvis drugged up.

He was "Elvis' best friend", but Elvis hated him.
Posted: Jul 14, 2008 8:03 am
He has "The Elvis Hour" on Country Legends AM 790, every Saturday afternoon. Full of E anecdotes and tunes. I like the show.

the only station besides WEVL i will listen to. btw, WEVL totally played Eazy E this morning. i could not believe the wonderfulness in my ears.
Posted: Jul 14, 2008 8:08 am
George Klein was the best friend 60's Memphis music ever had.
Posted: Jul 14, 2008 10:11 am
He did very well for himself by keeping Elvis drugged up.

I thought that was Dr. Nickasnuffleupagus....
Posted: Jul 14, 2008 10:17 am
He did very well for himself by keeping Elvis drugged up.

Prove it
Posted: Jul 14, 2008 10:20 am
that memphis music tv show he hosts on cable access is really really weird in a good way. goner needs a cable access show.
Posted: Jul 14, 2008 10:29 am
I bet George wishes he would have saved all of that video of every cool band that appeared on Talent/Dance Party.
WHBQ threw all of it in the dumpster years ago....a couple of folks dug through it and saved what they could.
Posted: Jul 14, 2008 10:38 am
Talent/Dance Party.

Oh yeah, Talent Party...not House Party.
Old gray brain just ain't what she used to be.

I've never heard that about him enabling Elvis's drug use. Never ever.
Posted: Jul 14, 2008 10:44 am | Edited by: Golightly
I forget whether it was Talent Party first or Dance Party....but it was one and then the other.
He would have loads of local bands and and a national act or two...I remember the stage sets were uber cheesey in a cool way...like painted and glittered paper plates on string hanging from the ceiling...but he had Paul Revere and The Raiders on a whole lot (they are at Sams Town this Saturday night) and Johnny Rivers too...I saw The Byrds doing Jesus is just alright on there.
Posted: Jul 14, 2008 11:53 am
I saw The Byrds doing Jesus is just alright on there

That clip is hysterically bad. They lipsynch Mr. Tambourine Man as well; at one point McGuinn keeps taking his glasses on and off. He looks bored as hell, and you can tell they're pretty much at the end of the road. Either that, or it was a REALLY bad day.
Posted: Jul 14, 2008 1:31 pm
Oh yeah...McGuinn makes a attempt...the rest of the band LOATHE being there.
Posted: Jul 14, 2008 7:26 pm
He did very well for himself by keeping Elvis drugged up.

Prove it

My friends father was a pallbearer for Elvis, and was responsible for many of the gold and platinum records hung in WHBQ.

I could write a book.
Posted: Jul 14, 2008 8:32 pm
George Klein graduated from Humes High in 1953 with Elvis. Klein was the treasurer of the graduating class. He was not a part of the "Memphis Mafia" insofar as the partying and all went with Elvis, but he was always a close friend. His show, Talent Party, was extremely popular, especially the WHBQ-cuties that danced in (OMG) two-piece bathing suits during the show. Local bands would play during the hour, between clips from national bands. Throughout the 70s he was the number one popular radio show. In the late 70s however, during a local contest (sort of like the Flyer's Best of Memphis Poll), there was controversy that he had initiated ballot rigging. He was fired.
Posted: Jul 14, 2008 8:33 pm
p.s. He did not feed Elvis drugs.
Posted: Jul 15, 2008 7:30 am | Edited by: Golightly
My friends father was a pallbearer for Elvis

Well that changes everything.

God damn the pusher man
Posted: Jul 16, 2008 9:45 am
There's nothin' like the sound of the geeker in your speaker..haha.
Posted: Jul 16, 2008 10:07 am
There's nothin' like the sound of the geeker in your speaker

They have medicine for that now, you know.
Posted: Jul 16, 2008 10:13 am
They have medicine for that now, you know.

Posted: Jul 16, 2008 9:16 pm
Greg Roberson works w/ The Geeker.

Yeah, God Damn the Pusher Man... but I don't think George was doing the pushing. However, he does like to hear himself talk....
Posted: Jul 16, 2008 9:33 pm
GK's problems with the law weren't over a best of Memphis poll. It was a federal theft of mail charge. A postman had some radio ratings diaries to deliver on his route. Instead of delivering them to the folks who were supposed to get them, he delivered them to Klein. Klein and others filled them out and the Q's ratings jumped to such a large degree that there was immediate suspicion and the Feds soon got interested.
After his conviction, he said his higher ups at the station and others and other stations routinely did this kind of thing.
Sadly, those other folks weren't the ones on trial.
Posted: Jul 24, 2008 10:31 pm

He was working as a Casino host at night at Horseshoe Casino when I worked there in the 1990s. Never talked to him or anything. Horseshoe probably paid him a decent living, but he was still working down there with us at 11 PM, kissing ass to the drunk gamblers.

Klien was a radio personality and knew Elvis. How well he knew Elvis is another thing. Maybe Elvis didn't like him. The two people responsible for Elvis' death were Dr. Nichopolis (sic, but he was a shithead so who cares) who gave Elvis anything he wanted and Elvis himself who ate all those pills, not to mention his poor diet. If anything, George Klien at the time wanted Elvis to live, to keep his career going.
Posted: Jul 28, 2008 1:25 pm
Why R U asking about George?
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