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January 14, 1973: Live Via Satellite – Elvis!

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Jeffrey Powers

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January 14, 1973: Live Via Satellite – Elvis!

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Aloha from Hawaii

1973 – Elvis is broadcast via satellite to over 1 billion viewers in over 40 countries. That is, except for the U.S. because Superbowl VII was being played. The U.S. finally got to see the concert on April 4, 1973 on NBC.

The show, entitled “Aloha from Hawaii via Satellite”, cost $2.5 million to produce. Presley taped a backup two days prior in case any problems arose. Presley performed many of his hits such as “Burning Love”, “My Way”, “Blue Suede Shoes”, “Hound Dog”, “Suspicious Minds”, and “Can’t Help Falling in Love”.

Elvis’ famous jumpsuit from that night can be seen at Graceland. You can also get the Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii (40th Anniversary Edition) DVD from Amazon.

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