George Klein

1935 - 2019 (Age 83)


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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Met George at Graceland---very kind and gracious to come out and visit with us--this was 4 years ago. Truly a brilliant person with a memory beyond my wildest ---Rest in Peace GK

I will miss hearing him talk about all the friendships of people he knew in rock n roll. He was a treasure. I know he is with his friend Elvis. God Bless him.

So sad I just found out GK died. A lot of wonderful memories and stories of Elvis died too.


You'll Alway's Be Remembered.

Just found out GK died. So so sad. Great guy. Will be greatly missed

I met George Klein at the Horseshoe Casino restaurant awhile back. He was so friendly and kind and such a gentleman. He took time to talk to everyone that day. My prayers to his family. Judy Rouchka

Always enjoyed listening to you on SiriusXM. Say hello the The King for us. May you both Rest In Peace.

George was a true gentleman. Have known George since the 80s and he was a friend and a great guy. He helped me when coach Calipari went to Memphis. He knew everyone and was always friendly. I will miss his frequent calls and his great wit and charm. RIP