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Elvis Presley : Arriving In Hawaii : January 9, 1973

Elvis arrives in Hawaii,and greets fans January 9, 1973.

January 9, 1973 - a chartered Boeing 747 landed at Honolulu Airport on the island of Oahu. When Elvis Presley disembarked from the plane it was to prepare himself to be the centerpiece of a historic occasion, the first artist to hold a concert which was to be directly transmitted to over 40 countries by satellite.

Elvis and his entourage, 'The Memphis Mafia' and their wives, were met by 'Colonel' Tom Parker and Sonny West at the airport. Elvis was led on board a helicopter which flew him to the landing pad outside Hilton's Hawaiian Village, by the most overpopulated beach in world, Waikiki. Around 1000 people stood outside the fenced off landing pad to pay tribute to the artist who had made 3 of his movies on Hawaii, held a charity concert, and who was now going to hold another concert where the takings would go to charity.

Elvis rented the whole of the top floor of the Hilton, and the following nights were used - in all secrecy - to rehearse at the Hilton's Hawaiian Dome. The musicians, who arrived a couple of days before Elvis, rehearsed for a whole week in Honolulu International Centre where the satellite show was going to be staged.

Elvis Presley : Arriving In Hawaii : January 9, 1973

Aloha From Hawaii

Elvis made television and entertainment history with his 'Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii - Via Satellite' concert special. The show was performed at the Honolulu International Center Arena on January 14, 1973 at 12:30 AM Hawaiian time. The concert was beamed live via Globecam Satellite to Australia, South Korea, Japan, Thailand, the Philippines, South Vietnam and other countries, and was seen on a delayed basis in approximately thirty European countries. The first American airing was April 4, 1973 on NBC-TV.

It was a worldwide ratings smash and the soundtrack album went to number one on the 'Billboard' album chart. The American broadcast attracted 51% of the television viewing audience and was seen in more American households than man's first walk on the moon.

In all, it was initially seen in approximately forty countries by 1-to-1.5 billion people.

'Colonel' Parker got the idea for the show when he saw President Nixon's visit to China directly transmitted via satellite. To a journalist on the Hawaiian newspaper The Advertiser, Eddie Sherman, goes the honour that all of the takings from the show were to go to a fund which he himself had established the previous year.

The fund was established in honour of the Hawaiian singer and composer, Kuiokalani Lee, who died of cancer on 3rd December 1966 aged just 34. Lee had composed 'I'll Remember You', a song Elvis recorded on 10th June 1966 in Nashville and which he also used in the satellite show.

When Kuiokalani Lee's widow heard that Elvis Presley was doing a show in aid of her husband's fund, she became so worked up that she had to find a doctor and get some sedatives ...

The aim was to raise $25,000 for the fund. The result turned out to be $85,000. Parker decided that the satellite show was not going to have set ticket prices, and that the 200 who paid the most for their tickets should get a seat in the so-called 'golden circle'. Elvis and Parker themselves bought tickets at $1,000 each. The star of the TV show 'Hawaii Five-O', Jack Lord, followed up and paid the same for 2 tickets. A number of other celebrities paid for tickets at $100 and $500 which resulted in the ticket takings wildly exceeding expectations. The opposite extreme also happened - a lady who brought 5 children got her tickets for $3.75.

Colonel Parker decided that if the demand for tickets was great, the audience would be given an opportunity to buy tickets for the rehearsal show on the 12th as well. This show was made because a backup show was necessary in case something went wrong during the live transmission.

The tickets for the TV show went on sale on January 7.

At this time 4000 of the 6000 tickets had already been sold through postal orders. The remaining 2000 were sold the same day, and the tickets for the rehearsal show were then put on sale - and sold out shortly after.

Even though the transmission had been planned to the minutest detail, several problems arose during the days and hours before the satellite show was going to take place. One of the least serious, although problematic enough, was that Elvis had given away the cape for his stage costume to Jack Lord. Bill Belew, the costume maker, was contacted in Los Angeles and asked to make another one. Belew answered despairingly: 'But we've used up all the rubies we need to get more from Europe'. A new cape arrived in time ...

... but other problems arose: the stage was enormous, built especially for this occasion. It demanded so much space that the audience had to be limited to 6000, whereas the hall could normally take 8400. For production reasons the producer, Marty Pasetta, had placed Elvis' musicians on a raised stage far behind Elvis, something Elvis didn't accept: 'Sorry, Mr. Pasetta, I want my musicians with me on stage'.

Standing alone, literally face to face with over 1 billion TV viewers, was tougher than Elvis liked to consider.

The rehearsal show revealed that the concert was shorter than calculated, and Pasetta asked Elvis to include another 3 new songs in the satellite show, something Elvis agreed to with a slight nod. He was used to doing things as they came along during concerts, and 'Johnny B. Goode', 'I Can't Stop Loving You' and a medley of 'Long Tall Sally' and 'Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On' were added to the rehearsal programme.

The technical problems which arose, threatened to upset the whole transmission ...

... all the electrical equipment needed more electricity than was available in the building.

Two hours before the show was due to start, the lights in the hall started flickering - disappeared - and then returned. The navy was contacted and, with sirens wailing, they came to the rescue with equipment to upgrade the electricity supply - only minutes before Elvis was due to come on stage.

When Also Sprach Zarathustra heralded the arrival of the King at the HIC arena half an hour after it had become Sunday 14th January on Hawaii, it wasn't only the 6000 in the hall who felt a quivering excitement in all the nerves of their bodies. Elvis, who was always nervous before a concert, was probably more aware than ever that he faced a task in which every mistake would be observed by millions of people all over the world.

Ronnie Tutts' intense activity behind a 10 piece drum kit drives the excitement to a climax when Elvis enters the gigantic stage and causes an anticipated release of excitement.

The monarch of the entertainment world hands trembles lightly as he grabs the microphone: 'Oh see, see see rider, Oh see, what you have done...' and the rest is history. Probably Elvis' finest moment.

Buy Elvis Presley - Aloha From Hawaii CD

Buy Aloha from Hawaii DVD a two-disc set featuring all the performance material formally shot in conjunction with Elvis' 'Aloha from Hawaii' television special - an historic concert event seen in more than 40 countries by 1.5 billion people when it initially aired in 1973. The original American broadcast version of the show is included for historical context. The Aloha From Hawaii single DVD disc version is also available.

Aloha From Hawaii Press Conferences : 1972

Elvis Presley Video Elvis Presley : Aloha From Hawaii Press Conference : September 4, 1972
Elvis Presley Photos Aloha Press Conference: September 4, 1972 New page link
Elvis Presley Video Elvis Presley : Aloha From Hawaii Press Conference : November 20, 1972

Aloha From Hawaii : The Concerts

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Arriving In Hawaii : January 9, 1973
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Aloha From Hawaii Rehearsal Concert : January 12, 1973
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Receiving an award, backstage : January 13, 1973, before his Aloha Concert
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Hawaii : January 14, 1973

Elvis Presley Video Interview with Aloha From Hawaii producer, Marty Pasetta

Aloha From Hawaii : The Reviews

Articles about Elvis Presley Gold Crown awarded to 'King' Elvis : Review Aloha From Hawaii
Articles about Elvis Presley The Elvis - Hawaii Connection
Elvis Presley Video View video from the show + Press Conference '72

CD and DVDs

DVD Aloha From Hawaii DVD
DVD Aloha From Hawaii 2 DVD Set
CD Aloha From Hawaii CD
CD The Essential 70's Masters 5 CD Deluxe box set

January 1973

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Hawaii : January 9, 1973
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Aloha From Hawaii Rehearsal Concert : January 12, 1973
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Hawaii : January 13, 1973
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Aloha From Hawaii : January 14, 1973
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Las Vegas : January 22, 1973

February

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley and Jack Lord : Las Vegas : February 10, 1973
Elvis Presley PhotosElvis Presley and Muhammad Ali : February 14, 1973
Notes Elvis Presley : Las Vegas : February 18, 1973 [Article]
Elvis Presley Photos Amazing Grace : Elvis Presleys Hilton suite, Las Vegas, NV : Friday, February 23, 1973

April

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Phone Bill : April 2, 1973
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : April 22, 1973 (3:00 pm). Phoenix, AZ.
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : April 24, 1973 : Anaheim, CA
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : April 26, 1973 : San Diego, CA.
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : April 28, 1973 : (3.00 pm) : Spokane, WA.
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Center Arena, Seattle, Washington : April 29, 1973
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley - With fans after arriving at the Seattle airport : April 29, 1973

June

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Municipal Auditorium : Mobile AL : June 20, 1973
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : 3pm Long Island Ny : June 23, 1973
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale : June 24, 1973
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Cinncinnati, OH. : June 27, 1973

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Atlanta : Omni Coliseum : June 29, 1973
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Atlanta : Omni Coliseum : June 30, 1973

July

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis and Lisa Marie Presley : Atlanta : July 1, 1973
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Municipal Auditorium, Nashville, Tennessee : In Concert : July 1, 1973
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Atlanta : July 3, 1973

August

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley The King's Court fan club : August 31, 1973

September

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : September 3, 1973 : Caught In A Trap
Elvis Presley Photos Tom Jones and Elvis Presley shake hands : On stage, September 4, 1973

October

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis and Priscilla Divorce Court Appearance : October 9, 1973

DVDs

DVD Aloha : From Hawaii 2 DVD Set (Broadcast + Rehearsal and more)
DVD Aloha From Hawaii Single Disc DVD

CDs

CD Elvis : Hits Of The 70s : 2 CD FTD Special Edition
CD Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite : January 14, 1973
CD Elvis (Fool) FTD Special Edition 2 CD
CD Raised On Rock - FTD Special Edition 2 CD
CD Walk A Mile In My Shoes - The Essential 70's Masters 5 CD Set
CD I'll Remember You : Soundboard : February 3, 1973
CD Takin' Tahoe Tonight : Soundboard : May 13, 1973
CD Closing Night : Soundboard : September 3, 1973
CD From Hawaii To Las Vegas FTD 5" 1973 Soundboard Dress Rehearsal CD
CD Elvis : Stage Rehearsal : Elvis Presley FTD CD

Books

Elvis Presley Books Aloha Via Satellite Deluxe Hardcover Book [Boxcar]
Book Elvis In Hawaii
Elvis Presley Books The Elvis Files Vol. 6, 1971-1973
Book Elvis : The King Of Las Vegas : Hardcover Book : 360 pages, with 1300 pictures
Book Elvis : Caught In A Trap
Book Elvis: June Tour 1973 Hardcover Book
Book Elvis live at Del Webb's Sahara Tahoe : 1971-1976

Book Rockin 'N' Nassau Elvis Book
Book Elvis On Stage By Keith Alverson
Book Elvis : The Concert Years 1969-1977 Book
Book Elvis Concerts : Elvis Presley Book from JAT Publishing
Book Last Train To Memphis : Elvis Presley Book
Book Careless Love : The Unmaking Of Elvis Presley
Book Elvis : Portraits Book
Book Elvis : Photographs & Memories
Book Elvis : For The First Time Ever Elvis Book
Book America The Beautiful : Elvis Book with Free Promo CD

Articles about Elvis Presley The Elvis : The Hawaii Connection

Elvis Presley Photos

Elvis Presley Photos

Elvis Presley Video Video Preview: Tupelo's Own Elvis Presley DVD

Tupelo's Own Elvis Presley DVD + 16 page booklet. Never before have we seen an Elvis concert from the 50's with sound. Until Now! The DVD Contains recently discovered Unreleased Film of Elvis performing 6 songs, including Heartbreak Hotel and Don’t Be Cruel, live in Tupelo Mississippi 1956. Included we see a live performance of the elusive Long Tall Sally seen here for the first time ever. This is an excellent release no fan should be without it. The 'parade' footage is good to see as it puts you in the right context with color and b&w footage. The interviews of Elvis' Parents are well worth hearing too. The afternoon show footage is wonderful and electrifying : Here is Elvis in his prime rocking and rolling in front of 11.000 people.

We love Elvis Presley !!!!!!!! : So ... Stop, look and listen baby that's our philosophy ... First thing in the morning, last thing at night ... look, stare everywhere and see everything inside ... Stop, look and listen!

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