Aloha from Hawaii via Satellite is a live album by American singer and musician Elvis Presley, released by RCA Records in February 1973. It peaked at #1 on the Billboard chart in the spring of the same year. Despite the satellite innovation, the concert did not air in the United States until April 4. Aloha from Hawaii (which was a worldwide ratings smash) went to #1 on the Billboard album chart. The album dominated the charts, reaching #1 in both the pop and country charts in the US.
Aloha from Hawaii via Satellite is a concert starring Elvis Presley that took place at the Honolulu International Center and was broadcast live via satellite to audiences in Asia and Oceania on January 14, 1973. The show was presented with a delay in Europe. In the United States, to avoid a programming conflict with Super Bowl VII and Elvis on Tour which was playing in cinemas at the time, NBC opted to air a ninety-minute television special of the concert on April 4.
NBC aired the ninety-minute television special on April 4. The Stokely-Van Camp Company and Toyota presented the show. It opened with an animation of the satellite "beaming" Presley to different parts of the world, with audio signals in Morse code saying "Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii". Pasetta added clips of Presley's arrival by helicopter to the Hilton hotel and the show outside the arena to the concert sequences. The additional recordings Presley made after the show were also integrated. Pasetta used split-screens to show Presley and the scenery images he had filmed of Hawaii. The track "No More" was not used. The show earned a Nielsen rating of 33.8 and a 57 share.
The 1967 Our World black-and-white television special was the first live international concert presented via satellite. Aloha from Hawaii was the first live satellite broadcast to feature a single performer. The production cost of the special was a total of US$2.5 million (equivalent to $15.26 million in 2021), setting a record at the time of its broadcast. The show was NBC's highest-rated program of the year.
On January 14, 1973, Elvis Presley made history as the first solo entertainer to hold a live concert broadcast internationally via satellite. More than a billion people from more than 40 countries across Asia and Europe tuned in to watch "Aloha from Hawaii." Weekends on All Things Considered host Jacki Lyden talks to Elvis aficionados, including fans who witnessed the rock 'n' roll king when he took the crown to be a true worldwide phenomenon.
ABERCROMBIE: He was a phenomenon. And we're talking about it 40 years later. You're not going to have the Justin Bieber world satellite concert 40 years from now, you know, or Beyonce or something like that. These are passing phenomenon. Presley was singular in that way. The word charisma was made for him.
Elvis Presley never did anything small. When he stepped onstage at 1:00 a.m. at Honolulu's International Center on January 14, 1973 for a scheduled 12:30 a.m. concert, satellites were beaming the most expensive entertainment broadcast ever to an audience of over one billion (yes, one billion) people around the world. The subsequent RCA album quickly was certified gold, and eventually went five times platinum. Now that world-famous LP, Aloha from Hawaii via Satellite, is the latest Legacy Edition release in Legacy Recordings' series of expansions and consolidations of The King's catalogue (RCA/Legacy 88765 43389 2). The new Aloha follows the same template as 2012's reissue of Elvis as Recorded Live at Madison Square Garden. The 2-CD iteration of that set presented the original MSG album on one disc with the Afternoon in the Garden rehearsal disc as its companion. This set includes the original album on the first disc, with The Alternate Aloha rehearsal show of January 12 and five bonus tracks (recorded after the evening concert to be inserted in the delayed U.S. broadcast) on the second disc.
America said Aloha to Elvis in between a trip to the Dark Side of the Moon and a visit to the Houses of the Holy when the album earned a berth between Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin atop the Billboard chart. The infamously silly original cover artwork of a gyrating Elvis literally being beamed from space via satellite barely offers a hint as to the fiery and electric music within the album. The rear art (also reproduced on the CD booklet) better indicates the significance of the concert, with "We love Elvis" being transmitted in various languages. In his lifetime, Presley only performed five concerts outside of the United States: five shows in three Canadian cities in 1957. So the broadcast of Aloha from Hawaii was the only chance for many viewers worldwide to experience the Elvis Presley concert experience.
And now a page from our "Sunday Morning" Almanac: January 14th, 1973, 45 years ago today -- the night that saw the broadcast of "Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii via Satellite," a cancer benefit concert billed as the world's first live satellite concert by a solo artist.
NEW YORK, Jan. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The 40th anniversary of the historic one-hour satellite broadcast of Elvis Presley from the Honolulu International Center Arena in January 1973, viewed by over 1.5 billion people worldwide, is now commemorated with the release of ALOHA FROM HAWAII VIA SATELLITE: LEGACY EDITION. This deluxe double-CD package will be available everywhere March 19, 2013, through RCA/Legacy, a division of SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT.
The 40th anniversary of the historic one-hour satellite broadcast of Elvis Presley from the Honolulu International Center Arena in January 1973, viewed by over 1.5 billion people worldwide, is now commemorated with the release of 'Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite': 'Legacy Edition'. This deluxe double-CD package will be released on March 22, 2013, through RCA/Legacy, a division of Sony Music Entertainment.
Aloha from Hawaii Via Satellite è un album dal vivo riguardante un celebre concerto di Elvis Presley tenutosi il 14 gennaio 1973 alle Hawaii nella capitale Honolulu, ripreso in mondovisione, pubblicato su vinile dalla RCA Records nel febbraio 1973 e che raggiunse la vetta della classifica Billboard 200 nella primavera seguente. Sia lo special Tv che l'album della colonna sonora tratto dallo stesso, furono un enorme successo commerciale per Elvis. Nonostante le innovazioni tecnologiche del satellite (menzionato anche nel titolo del disco), negli Stati Uniti il concerto non fu trasmesso fino al 4 aprile 1973. 2b1af7f3a8