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January 14th,  2018   -   Wikipedia  /  Elvis Express Radio
Today marks the 45th Anniversary of Elvis' live satellite broadcast around the world on January 14th 1973. Here we pay tribute to this historic, ground breaking event thanks to the
combined contributions made by fans through Wikipedia.

Aloha from Hawaii Via Satellite is an Elvis concert that  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 been
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, Presley's manager, Colonel Tom 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."

What neither Elvis nor his fans knew at the time was that, throughout his client's touring career and in spite of vast sums he was being offered, Parker habitually turned down all
offers of international tours because he was in fact an illegal immigrant, and feared that if he tried to leave the country he would be exposed, and might be deported back to his
native Holland.

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 filmed.

September 4, 1972, Parker held another press conference on in Las Vegas to confirm that the concert, now titled
ELVIS: Aloha From Hawaii and 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.

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 Elvis had recorded, and was still performing, the song
Remember You,"
which had been written and composed by Hawaiian singer-songwriter, Kui Lee, who had lost his life to Cancer, the show could be in aid of the Kui Lee Cancer
Fund, which had recently been set up by Sherman in order to fund the cancer research going on at the University of Hawaii.

Kui Lee (full name, Kuiokalani Lee), was the 1960s golden boy artist of Hawaii. Lee achieved international fame when Don Ho began performing and recording his compositions, with
Ho promoting Lee as the songwriter for a new generation of Hawaiian music. His crowning glory came in June of 1966 when Elvis would record "I'll Remember You" which was wasted
by RCA and Parker by being first issued as bonus track on the 'Girl Happy' soundtrack album that came out in October 1966. Kui Lee, who had been battling lymph gland cancer,
died at the Guadalajara Hospital in Tijuana, Mexico on December 3, 1966 at the age of just 34.

Seeing the chance to publicize Elvis' overly generous charitable nature once again, Parker eagerly agreed, not even asking Elvis, knowing he would agree to help in anyway he

Marty Pasetta was hired to Produce / Direct the Worldwide TV Special. Pasetta was an established Producer and Director with credits incuding...
The 44th Annual Academy Awards (TV Special)
The 14th Annual Grammy Awards (TV Special)  
Bing Crosby and His Friends (TV Special)

Bing Crosby and the Sounds of Christmas (TV Movie)
Perry Como's Winter Show (TV Movie)

The Everly Brothers Show (TV Series) (1 episode)  
Bing Crosby - Cooling It (TV Special)
The Bob Goulet Show (TV Movie)
The Switched-On Symphony (TV Special)

The Andy Williams Show (TV Series) (1 episode)
The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour (TV Series) (3 episodes)

The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (TV Series) (3 episodes)

To get an idea of how an Elvis show works, Marty Pasetta attended a concerts at Long Beach in mid-November 1972, and he had found it to be "boring" and lacking in any physical

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. But, Parker insisted that the ideas
were useless, and that Elvis would agree that they were useless.

Pasetta, however, decided to approach Elvis 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 Elvis and his manager. In fact, Parker had tried to interfere on the previous TV special in 1968 and failed....thankfully.

Elvis performed three shows over November 17 and 18 1972 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.

Elvis arrived in Hawaii again on January 9, 1973, a day after his 38th birthday, in order to begin rehearsals for the show. He had lost twenty-five pounds for the show and was
confident after news that his record sales were increasing and that his live concert documentary 'Elvis on Tour' had been nominated for a Golden Globe, which it would go on to win.

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

On January 12, 1973 a full dress rehearsal concert was performed in front of a sold out audience as a fail-safe back-up, just in case anything was to go wrong with the satellite
signal during the actual live broadcast on the 14th.

For both shows, Elvis was dressed in a white "American Eagle" jumpsuit designed by Bill Belew.

Audience tickets for the January 14 concert and its January 12 pre-broadcast rehearsal show carried no charge. Each audience member was asked to pay whatever he or she could
afford. Elvis also donated $1,000 for tickets for the musicians on stage with him and of course, he bought a ticket for himself. It was agreed that The Kui Lee Cancer Fund needed a
target of $25,000 to be raised.

Ticket sales for the performance and concert merchandise sales raised 3 times the target, bringing in just over $75,000 for the Kui Lee Cancer Fund in Hawaii.

Live Back-Up Rehearsal Show, 8:30pm, January 12, 1973
6000 Tickets - SOLD OUT
Introduction (Also Sprach Zarathustra, performed by the Joe Guercio Orchestra)
See See Rider
Burning Love
You Gave Me A Mountain
Steamroller Blues
My Way
Love Me
It's Over
Blue Suede Shoes
I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry
Hound Dog
What Now My Love
Welcome To My World
Suspicious Minds
Elvis Introduces Band & Singers
I'll Remember You
An American Trilogy
Big Hunk O' Love
Can't Help Falling In Love
Closing Riff
Closing vamp performed by the TCB Band and the Joe Guercio Orchestra

Live Satellite Show, 1:00am, January 14, 1973
6000 Tickets - SOLD OUT
Introduction (Also Sprach Zarathustra, performed by the Joe Guercio Orchestra)
See See Rider
Burning Love
You Gave Me a Mountain
Steamroller Blues
My Way
Love Me
Johnny B. Goode
[not performed in Rehearsal Show]
It's Over
Blue Suede Shoes
I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
I Can't Stop Loving You
Hound Dog
What Now My Love
Welcome to My World
Suspicious Minds
Elvis Introduces Band & Singers
He then discloses that the show had a target of $25,000 to raise, but the event actually raised just over $75,000 for the Kui Lee Cancer Fund).
I'll Remember You
Long Tall Sally"/"Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On
[not performed in Rehearsal Show]
An American Trilogy
A Big Hunk o' Love
Can't Help Falling in Love
Closing vamp performed by the TCB Band and the Joe Guercio Orchestra

After the concert had come to an end, and the audience had all left, at around 3:00am, a tired Elvis returned to the empty arena with just the TCB Band to record five songs to be
inserted into the broadcast of 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 song.

Who Was On The Stage:
The Star:
Elvis Presley

The TCB Band:
Lead Guitar - James Burton
Rhythm Guitar - John Wilkinson
Bass Guitar - Jerry Scheff
Drums - Ronnie Tutt
Piano - Glenn D Hardin

Backing Vocals:
Kathy Westmoreland
J.D. Sumner & the Stamps Quartet,
The Sweet Inspirations, Kathy Westmoreland
Charlie Hodge (vocals, acoustic guitar, water and scarves)

Joe Guercio Orchestra.


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