Elvis Presley starred in the music concert that was broadcast around the world on January 14, 1973. The concert was not televised in the United States until April 4, 1973, because Super Bowl VII was being played on January 14. The show was the most expensive entertainment special at the time, costing $2.5 million dollars. The concert took place at the International Convention Center Arena in Honolulu, known as the Neal S. Blaisdell Arena. The concert was broadcast in over 40 countries across Asia and Europe. It was the most watched broadcast by an individual entertainer in television history.
Elvis performed many of his old hits along with recent hits like, STEAMROLLER BLUES, SUSPICIOUS MINDS, BURNING LOVE and many songs by other contemporary artists such as, The Beatles. The album, ALOHA FROM HAWAII: VIA SATELLITE was a huge hit, it became Elvis’s first #1 album on the Billboard music charts since ROUSTABOUT in 1965. The album was originally released in quadraphonic sound and was the first quadraphonic album to chart at #1. It remains the biggest-selling album in that format.
There was Elvis’s current single on the album, his version of James Taylor’s STEAMROLLER BLUES. Elvis did a great job on the single, that charted on April 14, 1973. The single climbed the Billboard Hot 100, into the Top 20, charting at #17. The flip-side of the single was the beautiful ballad, FOOL. The single also charted at #17 and along with STEAMROLLER BLUES remained on the Hot 100 for 12 weeks.
One of the highlights of the concert was Elvis singing I’LL REMEMBER YOU, a song that Elvis was singing in his concerts and had been written by Kui Lee. Their was no charge to see Elvis performing in Hawaii, instead a donation for charity was required. The donations would go to the Kui Lee Cancer Fund that had been set up following the death of the songwriter in 1966. Listen to the words of this wonderful song, they will melt your heart.
Elvis was in his best form for the concert as shown in the video and his amazing voice was as beautiful as an Hawaiian sunset. Elvis showed the world again why he is the King of Rock and Roll. The CD of the concert and DVD of the event are available and are a living tribute to the talent that was Elvis Presley…the music and memories are a part of his legecy…a legecy that grows with each day…
Till the next time—Joe