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Aloha from Hawaii is an Elvis Presley music concert broadcast on the NBC television network on January 14, 1973.
The first-ever such performance to be broadcast live via satellite, Presley taped a January 12th rehearsal concert as a fail-safe in case anything went wrong with the satellite broadcast.
For both shows, Presley was dressed in a white "American Eagle" jumpsuit designed by Bill Belew.
Presley performed a vast array of old and recent hits like "Steamroller Blues", "See See Rider", "Early Morning Rain", "Burning Love", "Blue Suede Shoes", "Big Hunk O'Love", "Suspicious Minds, "Can't Help Falling In Love."
He showed his vocal range and strength with ballads like the Beatle's "Something", "I'm so Lonesome I Could Cry", "It's Over", "Welcome to my World", "I'll Remember You" and "What Now My Love". The show is probably most remembered for his performance of the "An American Trilogy".
Directed by Marty Pasetta, the broadcast was a huge success reaching an estimated audience of more than one billion. In top vocal form, Presley was accompanied by:
James Burton (lead guitar)
Glen Hardin (piano)
Ronnie Tutt (drums)
John Wilkinson (rhythm guitar)
Jerry Scheff (bass)
J.D. Sumner & the Stamps Quartet (backup vocals)
Kathy Westmoreland (backup vocals)
Charlie Hodge (harmony)
Sweet Inspirations (backup vocals)
Joe Guercio & his Orchestra
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In preparation for his Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite special, Elvis worked hard in getting his voice and body back into shape for this live speical.
Elvis wore his favorite jumpsuite- the American Eagle, this suite was designed specifically for the concert.
The stage was created to have Elvis as close to his fans as possible.A full dress rehearsal was organised, filmed and taped incase the live perfomance ran into unexpected difficulties.
All was set to go, Elvis charged onto the stage. He was in great voice, great shape and the way in which Elvis shook his body in time with the strong rhythm, supplied by Jerry Scheff's stomping bass lines, sent shivers down the spines of millions.
Perhaps the most dramatic moment came when Elvis threw his cape into the audience as the band hit the closing notes of "Can't Help Falling in Love" and he left the stage knowing full well that he was still the king of rock'n'roll.
From the thundering drum rolls of Ronnie Tutt to tremendous cry of J.D. Sumner and the Stamps Quartet and the Sweet Inspirations, Elvis was firmly in control, performing a vast selection of songs (some nostalgic of the past and some pointing towards a new direction), and communicating his own brand of American music; blues, country, gospel, rock'n'roll, ballads, soul and show tunes became one and the fact that Elvis was supported by a crack band of experienced studio musicians can't be overlooked.
-Elvis at a press conference prior to his 1973 television special, "Elvis — Aloha from Hawaii, via Satellite".
"A live concert to me is exciting because of all the electricity that is generated in the crowd and on stage. It’s my favorite part of the business — live concerts."
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