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Insiders Artifact: 1972 "Aloha From Hawaii" Press Release

April 19, 2012

On January 14, 1973, Elvis made television and entertainment history with his “Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii - Via Satellite” special. Over one billion viewers from 40 countries watched this televised event and more American households watched this performance that man's first walk on the moon. Originally, the fundraising event's goal was to raise $25,000 but the Elvis' concert tripled those numbers, bringing in over $75,000 for the Kui Lee Cancer Fund in Hawaii. In honor of this iconic moment in Elvis career, Elvis Presley Enterprises is returning to Hawaii for the Aloha from Hawaii 40th Anniversary Celebration which includes an upscale Elvis experience in the place where Elvis loved to travel, film, and perform. This week's Insiders artifact is the official press release from RCA Records for the "Aloha from Hawaii" concert. The final draft of the release was sent by RCA Director George L. Parkhill on November 20, 1972.

Each week, a rare or never-before-seen photo or document from the Graceland archives is added to the Elvis Insiders artifacts gallery. This gallery is exclusive to Elvis Insiders Basic and Plus members. Not an Elvis Insider? Learn more about becoming one! Also, learn more about booking your trip to the Aloha from Hawaii 40th Anniversary Celebration.