Entertainment events presented live via satellite are common today, but in 1973, this was a first. Never before had one performer held the world’s attention in such a way. Presenting Elvis at the pinnacle of his superstardom in one of the most outstanding concert performances of his career, ELVIS, ALOHA FROM HAWAII is part of special programming premiering on PBS stations beginning August 3, 2013 (check local listings) during the 40th anniversary celebration of this milestone in music and television history.
The performance took place at the Honolulu International Center Arena in Honolulu, Hawaii, on January 14, 1973. At 12:30 a.m. Hawaiian time, the concert was beamed live to Australia, South Korea, Japan, Thailand, the Philippines, South Vietnam and other countries, and seen on a delayed basis in approximately 30 European countries later the same day. It 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.
An American TV audience would have to wait until April 4, when an edited version of the concert, expanded with songs videotaped just after the live event, was presented on NBC. That broadcast attracted 51% of the television viewing audience and was NBC’s highest rated program of the year. In all, it was a global smash, seen in approximately 40 countries by close to 1.5 billion people — more people than saw man landing on the moon.
“Burning Love”, “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”, “Suspicious Minds” and “Can’t Help Falling in Love” and many more.