Elvis Presley – Aloha Via Satellite – 38 Years Ago Today

Aloha from Hawaii is a music concert that was headlined by Elvis Presley, and was broadcast live via satellite on January 14, 1973. It was the most watched broadcast by an individual entertainer in television history. The concert took place at the International Convention Center Arena in Honolulu (now known as the Neal S. Blaisdell Arena) 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 (the concert took place the same day as Super Bowl VII). The show was the most expensive entertainment special at the time, costing $2.5 million.

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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 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”. 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.

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”,although 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 Presley had recorded and was still performing the song I’ll Remember You written by Kui Lee, the donations could go to the Kui Lee Cancer Fund that had been set up following the death of the song writer in 1966.Seeing the chance to publicize Presley’s charitable nature once again, Parker eagerly agreed.

Producer-director Marty Pasetta  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.

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 aide of the Kui Lee Cancer Fund.

Presley arrived in Hawaii again on January 9 1973 to begin rehearsals. He had lost twenty-five pounds for the show and was confident after news that his record sales were increasing and 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 – however, nothing went wrong during the January 14 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.

Presley performed a vast array of old and recent hits like “Steamroller Blues”, “See See Rider”, “Early Morning Rain”, “Burning Love”, “Blue Suede Shoes”, “A Big Hunk O Love”, “Suspicious Minds”, and “Can’t Help Falling In Love”. He showed his vocal range and strength with ballads like the Beatles “Something”, “I’m So Lonesome I could Cry”, “It’s Over”, “Welcome to my World”, “I’ll Remember You” and especially during “What Now My Love”. After the concert had finished and the audience had left, Presley recorded five songs on stage to be aired during the American airing of the show.

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Elvis Presley – Forever Young And Beautiful

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Elvis Presley – Happy Birthday Elvis


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Jan. 8th would have been Elvis’ 76th Birthday

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1958 Elvis’ Birthday

Elvis Birthday – Elvis Presley Birthday
How Elvis celebrate his birthdays throughout his lifetime
Born on January 8, 1935 – Tupelo, Mississippi – Died August 16, 1977 – Graceland, Memphis

1945 – The facts concerning Elvis’s first guitar vary. One account claims Elvis bought a $7.75 guitar from the Tupelo Hardware Co.  because he wanted to accompany himself when he sang. Elvis paid for part of his 10th birthday present from money he had earned doing odd jobs around the neighborhood. The owner of the store claims that Elvis was more interested in buying a rifle, but that his mother Gladys feared he would shoot someone or himself. Another story tell of Elvis wish for a new bicycle but could not afford the $55.00 to price tag. And Gladys was concerned that her precious 10 year old could injury himself, even though Elvis could be seen driving his parent to church meetings in a rusted-out truck by the time he could reach the pedals. Together with a local teacher and his uncle Vester Presley Elvis learned to play the instrument.

January 08, 1949 Vernon gave Elvis a paperback book of cartoons by George Price with the inscription: “May your birthday be sprinkled through ‘n through with joy and love and good times too, Daddy”. Elvis brought this book with him to Germany, but it was left behind in his rented house at 14 Goethestrasse.

1951 – Elvis’ 16th Birthday. Girls were frightened of him because his appearance was so unconventional. Some felt he acted as if he had a nervous disorder while most agreed he had the manners of a hog on heat when Elvis was around the opposite sex.

1953 – Vernon and Gladys paid $50 for a 1952 Lincoln Zephyr coupe which they gave to Elvis on his 18th birthday. With wheels like any other teenager Elvis discovered freedom which scared his mother. Gladys did not know how to drive, so she used the excuse to get Elvis to drive her everywhere.

1954 – Elvis, his mother Gladys and his father Vernon celebrated is birthday singing inspirational songs at their home.


1955 – Elvis performed at the Louisiana Hayride concerts watched by Hank Williams’s son, Jimmy Rodgers Snow who reported back to Col Parker that Elvis was provocative, sexy and appealed to all women. (sssh, we already knew that)


1956 – Elvis’s 21st birthday was spent on the road going to and from Louisiana Hayride appearances.

1957 – Elvis traveled by train to Hollywood on his 22nd birthday. Scotty Moore, Bill Black & DJ Fontana who co-starred in Loving You, shared a birthday cake that Gladys had baked.


1958 – Elvis was in California to record  his Christmas album.


1959 – Dick Clark’s American Bandstand dedicated its program to Elvis 24th birthday. It was the first birthday Elvis ever spent without his mother’s well wishes.


1960 – Rumours had it that United Artists wanted Elvis to play the lead role in West Side Story. The Colonel turned it down because the character dies a brutal death.


1961 – Elvis celebrated his 26th birthday with Hope Lang on the set of Wild In The Country. He was in a foul mood because Col Parker insisted he record the title track from the movie which Elvis thought was a non-singing role.

1962 – On his 27th birthday Dick Clark dedicated his broadcast of American Bandstand to Elvis.

1964 – Elvis did not want to celebrate his 29th birthday as he was upset about the way his flagging movie career and became violent at how the critics were panning his movies.

1965 - Elvis celebrated his 30th birthday quietly at home, thought some newspapers printed the news of his 30th birthday like it was the end of an era. However,  two months later Elvis declared in an interview: “I can never forget the longing to be someone. I guess if you are poor you always think bigger and want more than those who have everything.” On that day Elvis signed a 3-picture contract with MGM and there was talk of Elvis starring in BABY THE RAIN MUST FALL. However, Steve McQueen got the lead role of Henry Thomas an ex-con who had a band called the Rockabillies. In the film McQueen remarks, “Maybe I’ll be a big movie star like Elvis Presley…

January 08, 1966 Elvis celebrated his 31st birthday by attending It’s A Mad Mad Mad Mad World at the Memphian. He would continue to watch films almost every night while he was at home. Elvis received a telegram from RCA, declaring: “Your understanding and cooperation made 1965 the biggest of all the ten years you have been with us”, what seemed more a statement of hope than of history.

1967 - Marty Lacker, Charlie Hodge and the other members of the Memphis Mafia got together and present Elvis with the Tree Of Life medallion for his 32nd birthday which Elvis often wore.

1968 – When  the honeymoon was over. Elvis just wanted things to stay the same (horsing around with the guys)

January 08, 1969 Elvis celebrated his 34th birthday at Graceland

1970 – Elvis prepared for his next concert tour throughout the States. Elvis was happy to perform before a live audience again. To-date his most successful concert was at New York, Madison Square Garden.

1971 - The day after his 36th birthday Jaycees voted Elvis Ten Outstanding Young Men Of America. The tribute brought tears of joy and was the only award Elvis accepted in person.

January 08, 1972 Joyce Bova came to Memphis for Elvis’ birthday.

January 08, 1975 Elvis celebrated his 40th birthday at Graceland. According to the press “in self-imposed seclusion”, true or not, Elvis’ uncle Vester hadn’t seen his nephew since Christmas.

January 08, 1976 Elvis spent the evening of his birthday in a rental home on the slopes of Vail with Jerry Schilling and Myrna Smith. There was a great deal of tension on this vacation, mostly due to Elvis changes of mood and Elvis was not feeling very well this evening until Myrna revealed that she had not seen one of his favorite recent films, Across 110th Street. Elvis recited every line of dialogue from the picture.


Elvis’ Birth Certificate

Check out 2011 Elvis’ Birthday Celebrations:


Elvis Presley Day Ceremony
9:30 a.m. Front lawn of Graceland. Enjoy a ceremony with Graceland/EPE officials, a birthday cake cutting and a proclamation of Elvis Presley Day by Memphis and Shelby County officials. Free admission. Complimentary birthday cake and coffee served at the Chrome Grille restaurant across the street from the mansion following the ceremony. Not able to be in Memphis? Watch for more information on a special live streaming of the ceremony on Elvis.com.

Live Entertainment in Ticket Pavilion by Terry Mike Jeffrey
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Graceland Ticket Pavilion. After enjoying Elvis birthday cake, enjoy live Elvis music performed by Terry Mike Jeffrey inside the ticket pavilion at Graceland. Free.

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Elvis’ 2011 Birthday cake

Elvis’ grave Jan 2011

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Elvis Presley – New Years 2011

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Tonight I went to that special place in my heart and I found Elvis waiting there. He greeted me, hugging me like a long lost friend. “We don’t have long,” he said as we sat facing each other, “it’s almost midnight.” He looked exactly as I remembered him… delicate, yet beautiful and strong. I drank in the blue of his eyes and bathed in light of his smile. Music played in the background but the only sound I could hear was the sound of his breathing, soft as the movement of an angel in flight. He allayed my fears with encouragement and humor, emphasized my strengths, and disregarded my weakness. He no longer was a superstar or an actor. He was a kind and gentle man named Elvis.

Don McLean’s Vincent began playing in the background. So simple, so haunting. He closed his eyes and listened to Van Gogh’s story. A story in some ways that mirrored his own. Misunderstood then, still misunderstood now. As the last notes faded he opened his eyes, revealing a sadness few were allowed to see.

The clock began chiming midnight. He gave my hand a squeeze, rose and headed for the door. I wanted to call him, to ask him to stay. But he is not mine, he belongs to us all. He opened the door and stepped forward. “I could have told you, Elvis,” I sang to him in my best bad voice, “This world was never meant for one as beautiful as you.” He was gone.


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Elvis Presley – Rare Candid Photos

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Elvis Presley – The King And I Would Like To Wish You A Merry Christmas!



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Elvis Presley – U.S. Male

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Elvis Presley Sings Christmas

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