Induct George "The Geeker In Your Speaker" Klein into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a non-performer
To: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Induct George “The Geeker in Your Speaker” Klein into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame
We, the undersigned, would like to nominate George Klein into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a non-performer for his major influence on the development of rock and roll.
• George Klein is an innovator and an ambassador to Memphis Music. • George Klein was one of the first DJ’s in Memphis to play Rock & Roll on the radio.
• George Klein was the second DJ in the country to play Elvis Presley’s Sun Record debut of “That’s All Right”.
• George Klein had a TV show called “Talent Party” where many artists got their first break because George believed in them. Artists like “The Gentry’s” and “Sam the Sham” just to name a couple.
• George Klein befriended Elvis Presley when they were Junior High School classmates and stayed friends until Presley’s untimely death.
• George Klein is co-author of the book “Elvis: My Best Man” a tribute to his best friend painting a picture of Presley the human being.
• George Klein was the first DJ to give some radio time to another future legend “Johnny Cash”.
• George Klein is the host of radio’s “George Klein’s Original Elvis Hour” that is now in its 34th year.
• George Klein was a pioneer in radio and television, especially radio. George was the first television host to let Fats Domino break the race barrier on his TV show.
• George Klein is one of the few people in the music industry who helped the careers and supported of all of the members of “The Million Dollar Quartet” Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Elvis Presley.
• George Klein was the Master of Ceremony by request, when the Beatles played at the Mid South Coliseum in Memphis during their tour of the United States.
• George Klein can still be seen on “Memphis Sounds with George Klein” his local television show which introduces new audiences to the pioneers of Memphis music as well as showcasing new acts.
• George Klein was instrumental in making the now famous Elvis Presley American Sessions happen. These Memphis sessions produced over 30 of Elvis’ most memorable songs including Suspicious Minds. If it wasn’t for George Klein these sessions would never have happened.
• George Klein is still enlightening us on the impact Elvis Presley and Memphis music had and still has on the music industry today. He truly is an “Ambassador of Rock n Roll” and deserves a place in the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame.
• George Klein was the only DJ to introduce on stage Elvis Presley, The Beatles and Led Zeppelin.