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Greybeard wrote:It is with a heavy heart that I am to announce the passing of Mr. John Herman on this day.
John's only child, Debbie, messaged me this afternoon and asked me to pass the sad news to the Elvis world about her Dad.
John was a loving husband and father. He has One granddaughter. John served as a policeman in the town he lived in his entire adult life- Uniontown, Pennsylvania.
John was an Elvis fan from the very beginning. He told me the stories of how he tried to buy the records by the kid with the strange name back in '55. The label and the kids name were strange to the shop owners who served him at that time. Soon the names of Sun Records and its most illustrious artist -Elvis Presley would be on the lips of people everywhere.
I met John around 1974. we met by my answering an ad he placed in some publication. I wrote to him and we became quick "pen pals". A thing most people today know nothing about.
After a bit we began sharing phone calls and Elvis stories. We also shared any and all Elvis items we came across. No money or trade item was ever needed. If he had something he shared with me and I returned the favor. Prices were never an issue as we knew all would work out in the end.
He gave me my first Sun Records- a 78 rpm of "BABY LET"S PLAY HOUSE'. Gave, not sold! He gave me much, much more- he gave me his friendship...we were like brothers.
John was able to get inside the world of Elvis. He counted among his friends the Stanley's, Dick Grob, John Wilkerson, Bill Porter, Felton Jarvis and others. He had personal contact and conversations with Elvis himself. He relayed many stories of those conversations with me over the years. He attended Elvis' funeral and was inside Graceland before the throngs of people were left in. He had great experiences and memories to share.
He relayed the stories of those conversations and phone calls with Elvis to me over the years.
Once Elvis found out John was a police officer, Elvis took a liking to him. Elvis even had John work some security for him during some shows- one that comes to mind is Dayton, Ohio. John always laughed when he told the story of trying to grab backstage photos and being told to get to work by The Colonels henchmen.
John is probably most famous for capturing the legendary Pittsburgh New Years eve recording. He later sold that tape to FTD in a deal I brokered for him. Whenever you hear that show, or see the fantastic front on film with the great waist up images he shot, or look at some of his great pictures from that event....always remember my friend. He certainly was a busy cat that night and we are all the better for that.
He also took some outstanding photos in Vegas in December 1975 & 1976...most don't give him credit for those but I know which ones he snapped. They are outstanding.
Times were difficult for my friend in his retirement years. It was a sore spot whenever we would see people reaping benefit from film he shot or images he photographed knowing they made money from them. He shared those things freely and when he needed it most others took advantage of his gifts.
We spent many, many hours on the phone talking Elvis & life. I will treasure those memories.
Rest easy my friend....you are with those who have gone on before us. Someday we will all be together once more and we will form the audience that will once again be entertained by Elvis- just like we used to.
God speed...Rest In Peace
My friend, my brother John Herman
Love you buddy
John Herman's obituary will appear this Friday on the Facebook page of FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME (Uniontown, Pa)
Please log in and leave a message if possible- let his family know the Elvis fans appreciated him.
I will post any other info I can as it comes to me
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MartyMcFly wrote:Beautifully written about your friend, Greybird. May he rest in peace. My condolensces to bis family and you.
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elvis-fan wrote:I'm going to give this a spin tomorrow in John's honor... RIP
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