MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Visitation and funeral services were held Sunday for George Klein.
Friends, former coworkers and family came from all over the world to Memphis, the city famous radio DJ loved, to say goodbye to him.
Klein met Elvis Presley in the eighth grade at Humes High School and they remained friends until Presley’s death in 1977.
He was a member of the so-called “Memphis Mafia,” and hung out with Presley at Graceland, in Las Vegas and even appeared in cameo roles in eight of Elvis’ 33 movies.
When Elvis was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986, Priscilla Presley asked Klein to make the acceptance speech.
Some friends, like Jil Bruehl, are keeping memories of him close.
"He was just amazing. He was always happy always smiling. I don't think he met anyone he didn't like and he just had a charisma about him that was contagious," Jil Bruehl said.
Not only did George Klein help keep the King’s memory alive, he also raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for different charities and even created a scholarship fund for the University of Memphis.
Klein was well known for his charitable work. He hosted a Christmas show for 42 years, raising money for Memphis charities.
“He just was a giver, he really was,” Bruehl said.
Klein also gave many aspiring musicians their first big break with airtime on the radio and on TV’s “Talent Party”.
To honor the man who lived his life as an entertainer, his close friend and musician Fleishman asked those gathered for a last unique goodbye.
"I ask you all to please rise and give George a standing ovation," Fleishman said.
Klein was 83-years-old. He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Dara.