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Lisa Marie Presley to take part in Elvis Week celebration

MEMPHIS, Tenn.

An exhibit centered on the career of Lisa Marie Presley, and a launch party marking the release of an album of gospel songs by her late father, Elvis Presley, are among the highlights of this year’s Elvis Week in Memphis, Tenn.

Elvis Presley died Aug. 16, 1977, in Memphis – 41 years ago. Since then, fans have been making a pilgrimage to Graceland to celebrate the King of Rock ’n’ Roll’s life, movies and music.

Elvis Week, which began Thursday, will feature the usual mainstays, including performances by tribute artists, a memorabilia auction and the candlelight vigil that begins the night before his death anniversary and continues until the next day.

Elvis Week also will include the “Lisa Marie: Growing Up Presley” exhibit, which explores her childhood and career. It opened Friday.

She also is scheduled to appear at today’s launch event for the release of “Elvis Presley – Where No One Stands Alone.”

The album from RCA/Legacy Recordings features 14 performances of gospel songs, including a duet with Lisa Marie singing along with her father on the title track. Other songs on the album feature prominent vocalists who backed Elvis, including Darlene Love, Cissy Houston and members of The Imperials and The Stamps Quartet.

Photographer says Bill Murray harassed him at restaurant

OAK BLUFFS, Mass.

A photographer says actor Bill Murray slammed him against a door and poured a glass of water over him while he was taking photos of a band at a Massachusetts restaurant.

Peter Simon told The Boston Globe he was on an assignment for The Martha’s Vineyard Times at Lola’s in Oak Bluffs on Wednesday when Murray accosted him, swore at him and threatened him.

Simon, who is singer Carly Simon’s brother, said the band invited him and he was not there to take pictures of Murray. A police report says Murray told police Simon was taking pictures of him.

The report says Murray was “visibly upset” and said Simon was harassing him.

No one was charged.

Murray’s entertainment lawyer didn’t immediately respond to a request to comment Friday.

Associated Press

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