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Aloha From Hawaii Concert Wins Featured Timeline Event for January

January 08, 2010

In celebration of Elvis' 75th birthday, fans are enjoying the 75 Years of Elvis Virtual Timeline. The timeline features lots of photos, video, editorial, music and more and allows fans to walk-thru Elvis’ greatest accomplishments in both his personal life and his career – spanning from January 8, 1935 to January 8, 2010.

As part of the timeline, fans are invited each month to vote for their favorite Elvis milestone in his career, with the top winner being announced each month. By the end of 2010, fans will have selected their top 12 favorite milestones in Elvis' career.

The winning milestone for January, the one that Elvis fans choose as their number one favorite Elvis moment, is # 57 – Elvis makes television and entertainment history with his Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii Via Satellite special.

Don't forget to visit Elvis.com/timeline as voting is going on right now for February's top favorite milestone moment.

You can check out more photos relating to the Aloha from Hawaii special here. Elvis Insiders have access to special artifacts from Aloha throughout the month of January, as well as some extra photos on the members only website at ElvisInsiders.com. Five additional photos have been added to the FREE Elvis Mobile app for iPhones and iPod Touch.

Elvis made television and entertainment history with his Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii - Via Satellite special, performing at the Honolulu International Center Arena on January 14, 1973. The special was broadcast live at 12:30 AM Hawaiian time, and beamed via Globecam Satellite to Australia, South Korea, Japan, Thailand, the Phillipines, South Vietnam and other countries. It was seen on a delayed basis in around thirty European countries. A tape of the show aired in America on April 4th on NBC. In all, it was seen in about forty countries by one billion to 1.5 billion people. Never has one performer held the world’s attention in such a way. Elvis was in top form physically and vocally. This is probably the pinnacle of his superstardom, one of the all-time great moments of his career.



Facts about the Aloha from Hawaii television special:

- In September of 1972, Elvis participated in a press conference, between the dinner and midnight shows in Las Vegas, announcing plans for a television concert to be broadcast via satellite around the world from Hawaii. It was predicted that the show would reach the largest audience in television history and that the live album would be a big hit.

- In November of 1972, Elvis appeared at a press conference in Hawaii regarding his upcoming satellite show. It was announced that it will be a benefit for the Kui Lee Cancer Fund. (Kui Lee was a Hawaiian composer who had died of cancer while still in his thirties.)

- The live broadcast in January attracted 37.8% of the viewers in Japan, 91.8% in the Philippines, 70% in Hong Kong, and 70-80% of the viewers in Korea. The April showing in America attracted 51% of the television viewing audience, and was seen in more American households than man’s first walk on the moon.

- 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. The performances and concert merchandise - The soundtrack album was soon released and went to number one on the Billboard pop album chart, and stayed on the chart at various positions for 52 weeks. The show later continued on television and eventually home video.

- The show was one hour in length, including commercials. After the show, Elvis and his bandmates came back out on stage in the empty arena and videotape performances of the songs "Blue Hawaii," "Ku-u-i-po," and "Hawaiian Wedding Song," which he had first done for his 1961 hit movie, Blue Hawaii, plus "Early Morning Rain" and "No More."

- Elvis told Bill Belew he wanted the jumpsuit for this special to say “America” to the worldwide viewing audience. Bill told Elvis that, except for the American flag, he could think of nothing other than the American Eagle. Elvis said “I like it.” And that’s how one of Elvis' most famous costumes came to be.