Elvis makes history in television and show business with his special “Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii – Via SatΓ©lite.” The show takes place at the Honolulu International Center Arena on January 14, 1973, broadcast live at 12:30 am Hawaiian time, and with a signal via Globecam satellite to Australia, South Korea, Japan, Thailand, the Philippines, South Vietnam and other countries. It is seen delayed in about 30 European countries. In the United States it is broadcast on April 4 on NBC. The live broadcast in January attracts 37.8% of viewers in Japan, 91.8% in the Philippines, 70% in Hong Kong, and 70-80% of viewers in Korea. The April screening in the United States attracts 51% of the television audience and is seen in more American homes than man’s first walk on the moon. Total, will be seen in about 40 countries with an estimated audience of 1.5 billion people. Elvis commissioned the design of the famous American Eagle to designer Bill Belew especially for this show, with a patriotic message to his audience around the world. Never has an artist caught the world’s attention in such a way. Elvis, who has prepared for the occasion, is in the best physical and mental shape of him. This is probably the peak of his stardom, one of the all-time great moments of his career.

In order to have everything under control, on January 12, 1973, the first concert was held to perform a rehearsal prior to broadcasting, and for the concert on January 14, tickets were priceless. Each audience member is asked to pay as much as he or she can. Finally, the performances and concerts as well as the sale of promotional items raise $75,000 for the Kui Lee Cancer Foundation in Hawaii, which is considered a success. Kui Lee was a Hawaiian songwriter who had died of cancer when he was still in his thirties and who had written the song “I’ll Remember You” that Elvis had previously recorded in Nashville in 1966. Today this song was already part of from the artist’s usual repertoire. On the stage that has been created for the occasion and which is larger than usual, and which allows Elvis to have freedom of movement, there is an orchestra and its cast of musicians: Joe Guercio (conductor); JD Sumner and The Stamps quartet (vocals); The Sweet Inspirations (vocals), Kathy Westmoreland (soprano vocals), Charlie Hodge (guitar, vocals and assistance), James Burton (guitar), John Wilkinson (rhythm guitar), Jerry Scheff (bass), Glen D. Hardin (piano) , and Ronnie Tutt (drums). In the background of the stage you can see Elvis’s name in different languages.

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