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Photos of Elvis' 1961 USS Arizona Memorial Benefit Concert Now Added to Mobile Apps

March 25, 2013

On March 25, 1961, Elvis performed at a benefit concert for the USS Arizona Memorial. More than 4,000 fans attended the concert, purchasing tickets ranging in price from $3 to $100. The concert, which featured Elvis and an all-star lineup of entertainers, raised just over $54,000 toward the $500,000 goal. In 1960, initial fundraising efforts to build the Memorial had stalled, with only half of the funds needed raised. In an effort to re-energize the campaign, Hawaii journalists sent out an appeal to newspaper editors across the country asking for editorial support. Elvis and Colonel Tom Parker read about the effort to raise funds and decided to do a benefit concert in Hawaii to help. Many public and private donations followed the show, and the USS Arizona Memorial was dedicated on May 30, Memorial Day, 1962. In honor of Elvis' contributions to the USS Arizona Memorial, photos of Elvis in Hawaii during the 1961 benefit concert have been added to the Elvis Mobile 2.0 iPhone appElvis Mobile 2.0 Android app, and Elvis for iPad app.

Download the FREE Elvis Mobile apps to enjoy weekly Elvis photo updates, videos, Graceland Beat podcasts and more. Plus, see what’s going on at Elvis’ home in Memphis, Tennessee with two live-cam shots of the Graceland mansion. Visit the Elvis Mobile page on iTunes to download the new iPhone and new iPad app for free!  Visit the Elvis Mobile page in the Android Market to download the new Android app for free!