'Dead Elvis Week' in Memphis

August 12, 2003 - Posted at: 3:44 p.m. CDT

Memphis -- A week-long observance is underway in Memphis on the 26th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley.

Last night Elvis fans crowded into the Presley estate's nightclub to watch the movie "Jailhouse Rock" starring Presley.

Mike Stoller, who co-wrote the title song for the movie, said Presley might have become a decent actor if manager Tom Parker hadn't been so eager to make the quick buck on a string of lackluster movies.

Stoller said Presley longed to be a serious actor but Presley did nothing to help him.

Parker was greedy, Stoller said, and Presley was a way for him to earn a lot of money.

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