The Elvis I knew wasn’t an icon. He was a real guy, and a real friend. He was also one of the smartest men I’ve ever met, and his deep, natural inteligence is something that doesn’t get discussed nearly enough. The other thing that’s often overlooked is how funny he was, and how much fun he was to be with. His life came to a tragic end, but I spent every moment I could with him because, simply, he was a fantastic guy to be around. The people who have been touched by his music are innumerable, but there are really only a few of us who knew him as a friend. Having been one of his closest friends is an honor I’ll always feel proud and lucky to have had. I miss him every day. — George Klein.