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Aloha from Hawaii Via Satellite is a music concert that was headlined by Elvis Presley, and was broadcast live via satellite on January 14, 1973. The concert took place at the
Honolulu International Center (HIC) in Honolulu (now known as the Neal S. Blaisdell Center) and aired in over 40 countries across Asia and Europe (who received the telecast the
next day, also in primetime).
Despite the satellite innovation, the United States did not air the concert until April 4, 1973 (because the concert took place the same day as Super Bowl VII). Viewing figures have
are estimated to be between 1 and 1.5 billion viewers worldwide. The show was the most expensive entertainment special at the time, costing $2.5 million.
On July 8, 1972, inspired by a recent visit made by U.S. President Richard Nixon to China a few months earlier, Presley's manager, Colonel Thomas Parker, announced that there
would be a worldwide satellite broadcast from Hawaii to allow the whole world the chance to see a Presley concert "since it is impossible for us to play in every major city." Parker
initially stated that it would take place in either October or November 1972, but this date was changed to early 1973 after MGM showed concern about it clashing with the release of
their documentary film Elvis on Tour. As the show had already been planned prior to this upset, the original shows, now set for November, would still go ahead but without being
Parker held another press conference on September 4, 1972, in Las Vegas to confirm that the concert, now titled Aloha From Hawaii, would be broadcast on January 14, 1973.
The press were told that an audience of 1 billion was expected to tune in to see the "first entertainment special to be broadcast live around the world," even though Parker had not
taken into account the fact that many countries, including parts of Europe and America, would not see the concert live due to the time of the broadcast.
Aloha From Hawaii was the first live satellite concert to be with a single performer. Two weeks after the Las Vegas press conference Parker received a letter from Honolulu
Advertiser columnist Eddie Sherman. Sherman had read in news accounts that there was to be no charge for admittance to the concerts, instead a donation for charity was
required. He suggested to Parker that, as Presley had recorded, and was still performing, the song "I'll Remember You," which had been written and composed by Kui Lee, the
donations could go to the Kui Lee Cancer Fund that had been set up following the death of the songwriter in 1966. Seeing the chance to publicize Presley's charitable nature once
again, Parker eagerly agreed.
Producer-director Marty Pasetta had attended one of Presley's concerts at Long Beach in mid-November, and he had found it to be "boring" and lacking in any physical excitement.
He approached Parker with ideas about the broadcast, including a runway that led out from the stage so Presley could get closer to his audience. Parker insisted that the ideas
were useless, and that Presley would agree that they were useless. Pasetta, however, decided to approach Presley about the ideas anyway and was pleasantly surprised to find
that he would be happy to do whatever Pasetta felt was best for the show. This was another example of the ever-growing rift between Presley and his manager.
Although Presley would later dismiss Parker, whom he never truly befriended and towards whom he was openly hostile in his later years, the two would reconcile professionally
shortly thereafter, and Parker would remain Presley's manager for the rest of the artist's life.
Presley performed three shows over November 17 and 18 in Honolulu, the dates originally planned for the satellite broadcast, and gave a press conference on November 20 to
promote the satellite special. He also announced officially that it would now be in aid of the Kui Lee Cancer Fund.
Presley arrived in Hawaii again on January 9, a day after his 38th birthday, to begin rehearsals. He had lost twenty-five pounds for the show and was confident after news that his
record sales were increasing and that Elvis on Tour had been nominated for a Golden Globe. Rehearsals were held at the Hilton Hawaiian Village while the main set was being
constructed. Although there were several technical problems, the rehearsals were an overall success.
Presley taped a January 12 rehearsal concert as a fail-safe in case anything went wrong with the satellite during the actual broadcast. For both shows, Presley was dressed in a
white "American Eagle" jumpsuit designed by Bill Belew. The broadcast was directed by Marty Pasetta, who was then in charge of directing the Oscar ceremonies.
Audience tickets for the January 14 concert and its January 12 pre-broadcast rehearsal show carried no price. Each audience member was asked to pay whatever he or she could
afford. The performance and concert merchandise sales raised $75,000 for the Kui Lee Cancer Fund in Hawaii.
According to Elvis Presley Enterprises, between 1 and 1.5 billion people watched the one hour broadcast live.
ALOHA FROM HAWAII THE ALBUM
Aloha from Hawaii Via Satellite is the live concert album released by RCA Records in February 1973 and peaking at #1 in the spring of the same year. Despite the satellite
innovation, the US did not air the concert until April 4. Aloha from Hawaii (which was a worldwide ratings smash) went to #1 on the Billboard album chart.The album dominated the
charts, reaching #1 in both the pop and country charts in the US.
Aloha from Hawaii was a two-disc set—only the second such release of Presley's career (the first being 1969's double set From Memphis to Vegas/From Vegas to Memphis,
which contained one album each of studio and concert recordings). It was initially released only in quadraphonic sound, becoming the first album in the format to top the Billboard
The album contains all the live performances from the TV special, but omits the five songs Presley recorded after the show and which were featured on the original broadcast;
these would be issued later on the album Mahalo from Elvis. The album also omits Presley's brief announcement concerning the concert being presented for the benefit of the Kui
Lee Cancer Fund.
The album was certified gold on February 13, 1973, platinum and 2x platinum on May 20, 1988, 3x platinum on July 15, 1999, and 5x platinum on August 1, 2002, by the RIAA.
01. Introduction ("Also sprach Zarathustra," performed by the Joe Guercio Orchestra)
02. "See See Rider"
03. "Burning Love"
05. "You Gave Me a Mountain"
06. "Steamroller Blues"
01. "My Way"
02. "Love Me"
03. "Johnny B. Goode"
04. "It's Over"
05. "Blue Suede Shoes"
06. "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry"
07. "I Can't Stop Loving You"
08. "Hound Dog"
01. "What Now My Love"
03. "Welcome to My World"
04. "Suspicious Minds"
05. Elvis introduces J.D. Sumner & the Stamps Quartet, the Sweet Inspirations, Kathy Westmoreland, members of the TCB Band, and the Joe Guercio Orchestra; and discloses the
$75,000 raised for the Kui Lee Cancer Fund.
01. "I'll Remember You"
02. "Long Tall Sally"/"Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On"
03. "An American Trilogy"
04. "A Big Hunk o' Love"
05. "Can't Help Falling in Love"
After the concert was over, Presley returned to the empty arena with the TCB Band after the fans left to record five songs for the U.S. airing of the show, including Gordon
Lightfoot's "Early Morning Rain," along with some songs from the movie Blue Hawaii; including "Hawaiian Wedding Song," "No More," "Ku-U-I-Po," and of course the title