The Designs of Destiny "Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite" January 14, 1973
The Life of the Artist has moments that are crucial in his career, in his artistic future, these represent one more test on his Path that must be carried out effectively and masterfully. Sometimes destiny gives the opportunity to enter through the big door into eternity to become a myth. But you have to pay a high price that sometimes involves such a great sacrifice that it can exhaust all your strength if you don't have enough courage or you can't keep your image, quality, and talent on the rise.
January 1973, Elvis Presley had already stepped on the Path of Fame, of success and his name had already gone down in music history as the King of Rock, but he would again have another great catwalk at the top ready to mythologize his name through the "Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite". Elvis was still the King.!
Aloha From Hawaii January 1973
The higher you rise, the greater the fame, the success, the more you have to take care of the image, the technique, the way in which it should be presented to the public, since there is a great responsibility and a high risk of succeed. You can win again or plummet into the abyss of disappointment. Elvis Presley was in the spotlight and everyone loved him, but there were also those who wanted to dethrone him and criticize his efforts. Elvis as an artist always wanted to offer the best to his public and although this event "Aloha From Hawaii" was an undoubted success by his fans, the audience and was representative of Elvis in the 70's, there was also much criticism. His appearance, his voice, his movement, etc... We have always said that the evolution of an artist walks alongside his history and is the product of his acts. This would be the high point of their popularity because of the public reach and because it is true that it would be completely impossible to tour outside the US and it was the perfect way to reach an audience new and old. Elvis had had the previous year of successes, of good reviews and really Hawaii would be in his performance the same dynamic, his voice was fine, despite the fact that many saw him and judged him differently. But the truth is that physically and despite being a man still at the beginning of maturity, his voice was already different and there are many wonderful moments in this concert that would demonstrate his great mastery, but in others he would go over the songs, this is what they criticized. Really Elvis did not do this at all, but his habits and his health were beginning to come to the fore and from February this would be evident to everyone. But Hawaii 1973 would be a high point and indisputable in our opinion. Elvis shows were always a great effort for him and for his musicians who did not stop playing during them and in Elvis's case, singing. There were no pauses and almost no dialogue, it was very tiring for him. The tension, the feeling of global judgement, the spotlights, the public... Everything would be a very big inner nerve for Elvis, which he had always been able to face and would carry to the end. The public was undoubtedly the one that gave the final note of absolute success, Elvis will always remain the King!
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"Aloha From Hawaii Via Satelite" The screening of a historic concert
The "Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite" Concert was a milestone in Elvis Presley's career, the brainchild of Colonel Parker who had to initially convince Elvis himself to agree to this project. Colonel Parker was known for organizing big events, spectacular, also with the little ones I tried to make them look bigger than they were. His idea of making a program via satellite would arise from seeing President Richard Nixon live and via satellite from China and he thought that if this could be done by Elvis himself with the appropriate means. From the first moment the RCA would financially support this Concert. This idea grew and the project would be carried out meticulously so that there were no loose pieces left and everything was perfect. It was a success and since 1972 it would be announced as a concert that would be broadcast worldwide by satellite from the city of Honolulu in Hawaii at the Honolulu International Center Arena. The project was to perform a concert at 12:30 am from Hawaii, connecting with prime time in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Korea, Thailand, and the Philippines, and by the American military in Southeast Asia. It is true that it would be completely impossible for the broadcast to be live for the whole world, since it was carried out through a single Intelsat IV satellite and three interconnected satellites would be necessary for this. The rest of the countries, for example 28 European countries could see it deferred through Eurovision, hours later or months later, as would be the case of the USA, which would see it on April 4, 1973, the reason was not to coincide with the Super Bowl. This decision would be a success since in the US the audience rate reached 51%, there were isolated cases such as England in which they did not want to pay the connection fee and for this reason they could not see it on a deferred basis. Although there is a lot of data, figures from It is believed that more than 1,500 million people saw this event with deferred time, so it became a concert that would go down in history, as a colossal event. This live broadcast in January is known to attract 37.8% of viewers in Japan, 91.8% in the Philippines, 70% in Hong Kong, and 70-80% of viewers in Korea. Although there is a lot of unverified data, others do, it is known that it would reach at least 40 countries in total, live or recorded. In any case, the important thing would be that it was a colossal event in time and will always be remembered as the first satellite concert in history. The program was called "Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite", it was scheduled for January 14, 1973 and two days before a rehearsal concert would be held in order to ensure perfection in the concert that was going to be broadcast. This Concert would be beneficial, the Colonel would be in contact with Bob Sarnoff, president of the NBC TV network, to talk about who would produce and direct it. The Kui Lee Cancer Society would be chosen for his benefit and everyone who wanted to attend the Concert could voluntarily contribute whatever it wanted to donate to society. The production and direction of the program would be in the hands of Marty Pasetta, who was already known for his entertainment specials, with Bing Crosby, Glen Campbell, Perry Como , etc. His talent was recognized and he would eventually win the Emmy, Grammy and Oscar awards for his programs and had also made five specials in Hawaii with Don Ho, so he knew the Islands well and also the local music. His interest in the realization of the Aloha would be maximum, not only did he want everything to be perfect, he worried about seeing the Elvis show two months before in November 1972, in the Honolulu place itself to be able to improve the staging and create a stage Afterwards, Pastetta went to Las Vegas and Graceland to talk to Elvis about the whole project. She asked him to go on a diet because he saw him as a little obese and told him that his show was lacking in luster, when his friends in the Mafia heard these words of Pasetta, they began to tremble, fearing Elvis's reaction. He, however, was amused by the producer's cheek, took off his glasses and laughed. Elvis, as always humble and discreet, taught them a lesson, laughing at the comment and told Pasetta not to worry that he would go on a diet and had a long conversation with him. Pasetta showed him the stage design that he had made, a large catwalk with which Elvis could freely approach his audience, to which Elvis approved. Although Colonel Parker had initially refused a ramp with which Elvis could go down and be at the height of the public, but the catwalk. The only thing Elvis didn't like was that Pasetta wanted to put the musicians up behind Elvis and Elvis refused because he couldn't conceive of his show without his musicians with him. On stage there would be a big mirror that would duplicate the image and its musicians in front of the public, the lighting that would adorn the back with the name of Elvis, in various languages. The stage was huge, so the capacity was reduced to 6,000 people. The intention with this was to generate emotion in the show, give it a lot of showiness and that the public would be shocked by his performance. The conversation lasted four hours, and as Pasetta was leaving, Elvis told him, "This is the first time I've sat with a producer for more than half an hour. Normally, they come in, talk to me, and leave." He was very surprised by his interest. and at the same time it infected Elvis himself, who was moved and took this satellite broadcast as a great challenge to face.
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January 1973 Aloha From Hawaii
January 1973. Beginning of a new year with great expectations for Elvis Presley, who is very excited about the new project and in a very good mood. Satellite broadcast from Hawaii would be a great success for which Colonel Parker who fought and pawned all their strategies. The concert would be broadcast live via satellite and then delayed a few hours later. The forecast was for more than 40 countries and for more than a billion people to see it. It was an artistic challenge similar to the one Elvis had when he returned to TV in 1968, or when he returned to the stage in 1969, but obviously increasing the possibilities of going even further with this event. A great responsibility for someone who took his music and his artistic life very seriously. Elvis was getting ready and was back on a severe regimen, to get in shape and shine on stage again. To carry out the Concert, the experience of a great producer named Marty Pasetta would be sought, who would be concerned with finding a new vision for his show, designing the stage and trying to improve his image. Elvis would take care of the rest, his acting, his repertoire and his rapprochement with an audience that would once again surrender to his idol. The broadcast of this concert would take place on January 14, 1973
The arrival of the King to the Hawaiian Paradise Waikiki
Elvis always had a very special relationship with Hawaii, a place that captivated him from the first moment, which led him to travel to the place on several occasions, not only for his artistic commitments, but also for his vacations, his relaxation. There he felt welcome, loved and free to move as he pleased. When asked where would be the best location for the satellite broadcast, Elvis said that Hawaii would be the right choice.
Since November 1957, when he set foot for the first time, this wonderful place became one of his favorite destinations to work or play, for his vacations, it would be a place that he would visit on countless occasions. In Hawaii he made three movies, "Blue Hawaii", "Girls, Girls, Girls" and "Paradise, Hawaii Style", in addition to several concerts. But it is said that Elvis's first performances in Hawaii would be the product of a losing bet by Colonel Parker, at dice with promoter Lee Gordon. In any case, when Elvis visited Hawaii he fell in love with the place, just like he did with Las Vegas, forever. The popularity there was the same as on the mainland, Elvis was adored in Hawaii, he became as popular there since then as on the mainland. One of the most particular anecdotes would be in the spring of 1962, when Elvis had to make his way through a large crowd, it was said almost 10,000 fans who screamed when he arrived at the hotel, in the meeting Elvis would lose his sailor cap, his ring of diamonds and his jewel-encrusted tie clip... sometimes the affection of the fans knew no bounds. For the Via Satellite Concert it was planned to rehearse a few days before, and the orchestra with its musicians arrived in Honolulu a few days before. On January 9, 1973, Elvis arrived in a chartered Boeing 747 landed at the Honolulu airport on the island of Oahu, days later to perform the "Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite" Concert. It was the first time that an artist would give a concert that would be broadcast directly to more than 40 countries via satellite. It would take place on January 14, 1973, it was a historic event, for charity for the Kui Lee Cancer Association. This would be the last concert that Elvis did in Hawaii and unfortunately, the last great challenge for him. Elvis was accompanied as always with his friends, bodyguards of the Memphis Mafia and their wives, with Linda his partner, being received by Colonel Tom Parker and Sonny West at the airport, they had gone ahead for the organization and security of Elvis. At the reception they covered him with so many Leis that his face could hardly be seen. The transfer to the island would take place in a more striking way, devised by Colonel Parker, who had convinced Marty Pasetta to send Elvis by helicopter when he arrived at Waikiki beach, to be received by islanders and fans. Everything would be filmed and included in the TV program, as an introduction to show a bit of the Islands, the reception of his arrival and then perform the concert. Elvis was taken aboard a helicopter that took him to the landing pad outside Hilton's Hawaiian Village where he was to stay. He was greeted at the most populated beach in the world, Waikiki. About 1,000 people stood outside the fenced off airstrip to pay tribute to his idol. It is curious the shy expression that Elvis has when he is inside the helicopter, although he knew that he was going to be received, when he left, he began to greet attentively and affectionately with his audience, later he was accompanied to the Hotel. Elvis rented out the entire top floor of the Hilton, and the following nights he discreetly used to rehearse in the Hilton's Hawaiian Dome. This Concert was very important to him, a great responsibility, he wanted everything to go perfectly. The musicians arrived a couple of days before Elvis, rehearsing for a whole week at the Honolulu International Center, where the satellite show was to take place.
Elvis, Charlie Hodge and Red West, had chosen a repertoire of songs that were going to be sung at the Concert, everything was underway and on the 11th Elvis should try on the suit that Elvis had requested in a special way and that he would become famous for this event, designed by Bill Bellew...Remember, we are living History!
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ELVIS PRESLEY WELCOME IN HAWAII WITH ALOHA SPIRIT (Raw Footage/January 1973) - YouTube
The Makers of Success Marty Pasetta Producer of "Aloha From Hawaii"
Pasetta would be the television producer and director who would be in charge of making this event. He was a very prepared person to be able to put on a spectacular show and he had very clear ideas on how to do it. His interest and dedication of him was maximum and he was concerned not only with designing the stage and proposing ideas to carry out the production. He also bothered to travel two months earlier, in November 1972 to Honolulu, first to see Elvis's show live and to see the Auditorium where the Concert was going to take place. He had to convince Elvis to make a proposal on the large stage that he designed, with a walkway so that he could interact with his audience. He had a very clear idea of what he wanted to offer, but some of his suggestions of him could not be carried out, such as putting the musicians on a stage behind Elvis, because he did not want to be away from them and rejected the offer. idea. I have suggested that he lose weight so he could perform this Concert and Elvis go on a diet so he can look in good shape. As a producer and director he would become known for his work on television broadcasts, shows, and won many awards, including Oscars, Grammys, and AFI Life Achievement Awards. His American Film Institute tributes included Alfred Hitchcock, Henry Fonda, Fred Astaire, and Frank Capra. He also garnered nine Emmy nominations between 1974 and 1988. Although Marty Pasetta's career achievements directing The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, game shows, He also directed Magnavox Presents Frank Sinatra (aka Ol' Blue Eyes Is Back), the television that marked the return of Frank Sinatra from his retirement, etc, etc. In Aloha From Hawaii, the idea was to ensure that the image of Elvis on stage was not passive, static. Pasetta had already seen his shows from him and was of the opinion that he lacked movement, that he had to be a livelier show. Obviously at this point, Elvis was not going to change his way of interpreting the songs, because he was in a calmer moment and personally, he was not dedicated to jumping and the karate demonstrations had ceased. For this reason, Pasetta searched with his cameras for what he could not find in Elvis's movements. He would shoot from various angles near and far to Elvis and taking advantage of the large stage with the mirror, looking for changes of shots in order to give the live program more emotion. Since Elvis did not move, Pasetta felt that they had to create movement around him, this It was the key to working with the camera, adding moving lights. You could add more excitement to the show without any need to upstage the artist. Pasetta asked Ray Klausen, an exceptional art director, to design some huge mirrors, with many types of light bulbs, in order to catch the light, shine and glamor the stage and thus give him a magnificent performance stage. The artist He is the protagonist, but sometimes he needs an incomparable setting to be able to show off his art.
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January 12, 1973 Concert Rehearsal Hawaii Honolulu International Center
During the rehearsal concert on January 12. Tickets for the television program would go on sale on January 7. 4,000 of the 6,000 tickets had already been sold via money orders, the rest were sold the same day. Afterwards, those of the concert were sold in the same way. The tickets did not have a specific price, they were contributions that were made voluntarily for the benefit of the Kui Lee Association. There were technical complications that had to be solved, since the electrical equipment needed more electricity than was available in the building. They had to improve the electrical supply two hours before, because there was flickering with the light. Finally everything was resolved, but the public was impatient and a little hysterical and they were making a lot of noise. The stage that had been built was huge and demanded so much space that the audience had to be limited to 6,000 people, while the room could normally occupy 8400. Marty Pasetta, the producer had set up a giant mirror behind it so that Elvis and his musicians could be seen reflected and he wanted to put the Elvis musicians on a raised stage far behind Elvis, but Elvis refused and told him he wanted his musicians with him. When the concert began, the public was still making a lot of noise, but this did not bother Elvis who sang and put on a wonderful show. Pasetta felt that the Concerto was a little shorter than he had estimated and asked Elvis to include three more songs for the satellite broadcast.
Curiosities during the rehearsal on January 12, 1973." Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite"
Curiosities during the rehearsal on January 12, 1973.
The concert was going to be charity and everything that was going to be raised would go to the Kui Lee Cancer Association. For this reason, the tickets that were going to be sold did not have a stipulated price, but each person who wanted to enter the event would contribute with the ticket what he wanted to donate to the Foundation. The demand was great and the tickets for the TV show went on sale on January 7th. 4,000 of the 6,000 tickets had also been sold through money orders, since many spectators would come from outside and the rest of the tickets were sold on the same day. Once the Tv ones were sold, then the Essay ones were sold, in the same way. On the day of the Dress Rehearsal there were many technical complications that had to be solved, since the electrical equipment needed more electricity than was available in the building. There were problems with sound, a persistent hum in the system that had to be eliminated by covering the wires with lead, there were also problems with lights, flickering and they had to find a way to remedy the power supply two hours before the start. In the end they were able to fix it but they were starting later than planned so the audience was impatient and a bit hysterical and they were making a lot of noise. The capacity of the stage was for 8,400 people, but the stage built for this event would require a lot of space, so the capacity had to be reduced to 6,000 people. When it was initially built before rehearsal, Marty Pasetta had arranged a stage for the musicians to create various scenes, which was rejected by Elvis who did not want to accept it, because he told him that he wanted his musicians with him. They had to pull it out in time for the dress rehearsal as well. The stage appeared as Elvis was shown in the sketch, it was adorned with large polyester strips hanging from the ceiling, in the background a large black curtain with colored lights spelling out Elvis and there was a cardboard cutout playing a guitar lit up intermittently. . As a whole and with the mirror that also adorned the scene, it was spectacular for the scene. Felton Jarvis the producer of Elvis attended the rehearsals which took place at the Hilton Hawaiian Village and also at the dress rehearsal on the 12th, he was still recovering from his kidney transplant. Elvis had paid for the operation and although he was still convalescing he didn't want to miss out on the Aloha. In her place, Joan Deary from the RCA office in New York, was controlling her work and would be in charge of recording the concert to release the LP that would come out with the "Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite" Concert. Joan Deary would be in charge of the production of the album that was going to be recorded live, for this he had to record the Special. As there was no special room to record live, he had to do it in a small room with no space to move, the size was the size of a closet and to sit down he had to use a box and put the RCA recording equipment on top of another. It really was an improvised and miraculous situation since it was not a suitable place and the recordings would be made with quality. From there she had no vision of the show, so she couldn't see Elvis directly, but obviously she could hear him. From these recordings the quadraphonic sound LP album would come out. This type of sound is a special form of recording through four audio channels in which the speakers are placed in the four corners of a listening space. This makes it possible to reproduce sound signals that are different from each other, which would give an idea of how the performance sounds in a concert hall. The live "Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite" LP, released on RCA Records in February 1973, would reach #1 on the Billboard chart, dominating the charts. Another curiosity had to do with the repertoire, Elvis performed a good concert, although at the beginning with a lot of noise from the public, but at the end, Pasetta asked him to include three more songs for the broadcast on January 14, because he considered that the show was a bit short on time. Elvis said that he had no problem adding more songs and chose three more to add to the set. The expectation was high and the rehearsal had gone perfectly despite the initial fuss and technical problems. Elvis was very nervous both in rehearsal and in the concert on January 14. The press was also at the rehearsal on the 12th, they described the fans feverish by the wait and the arrival of Elvis. All kinds of comments were heard, they wanted to touch him, get close to him, the two hours of waiting for the show to start were too long and the atmosphere continued to grow, when Elvis finally appeared on stage in his shiny white suit. the audience applauded and applauded Elvis, at all times, practically without rest, Elvis walked around the stage and the catwalk approaching it. Elvis thrilled them with songs he made famous in the '50s and his renditions of today's hits. The rehearsal would give Elvis confidence again, with songs that he had recently included such as "My Way", "What Now my Love", "Fever"... and others that he had always sung like "Hound Dog" and "Blue Suede Shoes". ", etc, it was clear that the public wanted to hear the songs of always. Elvis thanked the public for his contributions to the Kui Lee Association and sang the song he had composed "I'll Remember you". The trial would simply be proof that the satellite program could succeed. Despite the failures, the nerves, the hysteria, everything seemed that the Satellite Concert on the 14th would be a great success.
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The Satellite Concert. January 14, 1973
The concert on January 14, 1973 at the Honolulu International Center would mark a milestone in the history of television. Elvis was very nervous before the Concert began, as usual for him, but when he came on stage his calm way of approaching the show would show an overwhelming confidence. Although it is true that he hardly moved, that he did not perform any karate movements, he did not make much expression, his voice and his acting were really impressive. Dressed in his White suit adorned with the Eagle, "American Eagle Suit" designed by Bill Belew , would give the scene the magic touch to be able to give that majestic image that attracted the public so much. The songs chosen for the Concert, considering the fans with successful songs from their beginnings and also with songs recently added to their repertoire, some more dramatic... would also be very well received by an audience that was dedicated at all times. The retransmission became historic, because it could be seen live and a few hours later on a deferred basis. The broadcast live at 12:30 am Hawaii time and via the Intelsat IV satellite to Australia, South Korea, Japan, Thailand, the Philippines, South Vietnam and other countries. It would be seen on a delayed basis in 28 European countries, except for the United Kingdom, because despite the enormous popularity of Elvis in England and Ireland, the BBC did not want to pay the connection fee for the broadcast. Live streaming in January attracts 37.8% of viewers in Japan, 91.8% in the Philippines, 70% in Hong Kong, and 70-80% of viewers in Korea. In the United States there was no live broadcast, due to Super Bowl VII, they did not want to have competition and it was decided to schedule it for months later, on April 4, 1973. With a 51% audience, curiously it would be more watched than the first man walk on the moon In total, it was broadcast to some 40 countries with an estimated audience of more than a billion people. Elvis ended the concert with his knee on the ground, his back to the public and with a crown that the fans had given him that he was wearing on the hand. The impression of the open cape of him with the eagle and the surprise, when Elvis released it to the public at last. The Concert was cut down a bit for the US broadcast, but the program was nevertheless longer because four of the songs that Elvis recorded after the live concert were included, all to be embellished with a video montage featuring Hawaiian scenery. Most of the shots were close up and sometimes focused on different general images, for the montage they made a screen effect in multiple montage. The Concert that was beneficial would obtain 75,000 dollars for the Kui Lee Association. A great test for Elvis Presley from which he would come out with success.
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The Repertoire in Concert "Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite"
The repertoire that was chosen by Elvis for this broadcast was more or less similar to the last concerts, he had recently added the songs "What no my Love", which he sang masterfully, one of his favorites "My Way" also interpreted in a very felt by Elvis. The song "You Gave me a Mountain" in which he put all his heart... One of the magical moments of this Concert would be performing "An American Trilogy" which would be very exciting for everyone and Elvis already had it as usual in repertoire. The recently added "Fever" where he plays and flirts with the public... but he opened new songs that he would add that obviously he hadn't sung for a long time. They weren't original songs but he had already recorded them on some other occasion or many years ago. The song "I'll Remember You" that he had already added in a previous concert in November and that was important in this audience because its author was Kui Lee , And the event would bring benefits to the Kui Lee Cancer Association. It would be before this song when Elvis explains it and talks about the collection that had been received. It should be noted that the first concert on January 12 as a rehearsal would be brilliant, with the freshest voice and without so much tension or nervousness. It was probably due to the schedule, since Elvis was used to singing late at night and this one was held at 8:30 p.m., unlike the live concert on January 14 that he would perform at 12:00 a.m., surely he was more tired and less concentrated, for this reason his interpretation was different. Even with this, the two would be good performances within the line of his concerts, they would be a sample of how Elvis sang in the 70's and his way of doing the show.
New repertoire on "Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite
Of all the songs that he chose in this Concert, he would include five songs to add to the special that was going to be broadcast on April 4, 1973 in the USA.
"Blue Hawaii" A song composed by Lee Robin and Ralph Rainger, which Elvis recorded initially on March 22, 1961. It would be included in the soundtrack of the movie "Blue Hawaii", where it was played by Elvis. In addition to this LP "Blue Hawaii" has appeared on "Elvis in Hollywood", "Mahalo From Elvis", "Command Performances", "Elvis Movies" and "Elvis at the Movies".
It was a song that had already been successful with the voices of Bing Crosby, Gene Autry or Billy Vaughn. Elvis logically included it in his repertoire during the recording of "Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite" in 1973, even though it was not recorded on his own concert. This version did not make it onto the concert album, but has been included on "Elvis: A Legendary Performer Vol. 2", on "The Alternate Aloha". The 1997 "Blue Hawaii" re-release album features an alternate take on the 1961 studio session.
There is also a 1966 home recording that Elvis made at Graceland and was included on the FTD "In A Private Moment" . Elvis's voice in this new version is logically much more mature, but it has the same air as the original recording. Although after the concert Elvis looks tired and performing these songs after it would mean one more effort he went through . The calm, slow voice, but a correct interpretation, with an instrumentation that would change for this interpretation and that had nothing to do with the original. Even the vocal accompaniment it would have varied from the first version.
"Ku-u-i-po" A laid back composition by Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore and Georg Weiss that Elvis sang in also in the same movie "Blue Hawaii" recorded at Radio Recorders in Hollywood on March 21, 1961 and included on the album of the film. Alternate takes from this studio session were included on the LP, "Elvis: Close Up". The song had another name "Hawaiian Sweetheart". Like the theme of the film, it was also recorded on January 14, 1973 to include in the special that was going to be broadcast on a delayed basis in the US, on April 4. It was included on the "Mahalo From Elvis" LP and subsequent album releases "Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite", "The Alternate Aloha" and bootlegs. it would suppose no vocal difficulty and would interpret in the same line.
"No more" An English adaptation by Don Robertson and Hal Blair, of the original Spanish song "La Paloma" by Sebastian de Iradier y Salaverri in the 19th century. It became very popular and has been performed in several languages and is one of the most listened to in the history of music. Elvis recorded on March 21, 1961 on Radio Recorders his version in English, with a certain Latin flavor and also included it on the soundtrack of "Blue Hawaii", It is included in "Burning Love and Hits from His Movies". Alternate takes from the 1961 session have appeared on the "Blue Hawaii" reissue CD and on "Elvis: Close Up." Elvis decided to include it in the '70s at one of his concerts. Elvis recorded a live version of the song on January 14, 1973, immediately after recording his "Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite" performance, from this second recording it was included on the "Mahalo From Elvis" album. Also on the reissue of "Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite" and an alternative from that night is on "Today Tomorrow & Forever." This wonderful song in this version is interpreted by Elvis without any problem, but without assuming a great interpretation unlike the first one that was masterful. The implication in the first one was total, a pity that they didn't decide to make these recordings before the concert so that Elvis would have recorded it with another, more dedicated spirit. Also the accompaniment varies from the first version. Elvis Presley - No More [1973 - New Edit] - YouTube
"Hawaiian Wedding Song" This song from the movie Blue Hawaii is a traditional Hawaiian tune with English words, adapted by Charles King, Al Hoffman and Dick Manning. Elvis recorded this song on Radio Recorders on March 22, 1961 for the finale of the film and soundtrack LP that same song had recently been a hit for Andy Williams, and also for Bing Crosby. Since then, it has been included in the track listing for the albums of "Elvis Command Performances", "Elvis By The Presleys" and "Love Elvis". An alternate take from the first original Elvis session was included, on the FTD "Silver Screen Stereo". A curiosity is that Elvis sang it to Priscilla, who was his girlfriend, until May 1967, when he married her, while he took her in his arms to cross the threshold of his house in Palm Springs. He would record it again in Hawaii in 1973 as a companion to his Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite performance. The song was re-recorded in the early hours of January 15, 1973, immediately after its satellite broadcast from Hawaii, for insertion on the US tape delay version on April 4, 1973. The recording was not included on the soundtrack, but and it was not released until 1978 on the posthumous album "Mahalo from Elvis". There is also a dress rehearsal version of him, which came out on the album "The Alternate Aloha". I had included it in several concerts in the early 70's, later live versions made in 1974 and 1975 have appeared over the years on bootleg copies and on official "Live in Las Vegas" releases and on FTD editions." It's Midnight", "Dragonheart", "Big Boss Man" and "Southern Night"s. He sang it in 1976 and also in 1977; The song also appears on Elvis's final concert album recorded for release in his lifetime, "Elvis in Concert." Like all Hawaiian songs, Elvis always sang them endearingly, lovingly and as if they were intimate songs, that something great linked him to Hawaii. The second version recorded in 1973, is far from the first in the instrumental and vocal accompaniment and obviously in the more mature interpretation of Elvis's voice.
"Early Morning Rain" On March 15, 1971, Elvis would record 4 songs at RCA Studio B in Nashville. A hit by author Gordon Lightfoot that had been a hit in 1965 would be recorded. It was a song that Elvis had heard many times played by his guitarist John Wilkinson, who had played on the original recording of the song. Elvis liked it so much that he would ask him to play it from time to time even in later years. He finally included it in his repertoire and decided to record it. The Canadian singer and songwriter of this song, Gordon Lightfoot, sometimes felt nostalgic for his origins and would go out to Los Angeles International Airport on rainy days to see the plane how he approached. He imagined taking care of his five-month-old son, the image of flights taking off into the cloudy sky, when the lyrics of this endearing song came to him. The lyrics suggest that someone has been unlucky, standing by the fence of an airport and watching a plane take off... A song that would be performed by many well-known artists such as Peter, Paul and Mary, Bob Dylan, Rank Strangers , Jerry Reed, etc. In folk, country folk style, Elvis' interpretation would not be far from those recorded at the time. A pleasant and simple interpretation of a simple theme. At this time he was very interested in the pop style and the intention of recording this style could be the possibility in a future album, but not enough songs would be collected to make a thematic LP. The song would be included in the LP release " Elvis Now". The tune was the last song after Elvis' performance in Hawaii on January 14, 1973, for "Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite", recorded after the audience left the building, when the concert had finished, for So it wasn't live recording. It was added for later US broadcast. It was included on "Mahalo From Elvis". Elvis added the song to his live repertoire in 1974, and sang it regularly in his last period. It was also included in the "Elvis in Concert" documentary and album. Other live versions have appeared in bootleg concerts and on the FTD albums "It's Midnight", "Tucson '76" and "New Year's Eve". The studio version has since appeared on "Elvis Aron Presley" "Forever" and "Elvis in Nashville". An understudy from the Nashville studio session appeared on FTD's 2007 "I Sing All Kinds." A heartfelt, easy-listening song. Early Morning Rain- Elvis Presley -Best Version DJF- HQ audio - YouTube
"Something " An excellent composition by George Harrison, when he was still part of the Beatles in 1969 and that would sell a million copies. George was a composer, singer-songwriter, music producer, film producer, actor, philanthropist, peace activist, environmentalist, guitarist, he would be part of the most famous group in history, The Beatles, until their separation in 1970 and from then on his life as an artist would open new fields. Among his best known songs apart from "Something", "I Me Mine", "While My Guitar Gently Weeps", "Here Comes the Sun, etc. Elvis sang it in his concerts on occasion from 1970 to 1975 a couple of dozen times. In the recordings of the film "That's The Way it is", it was included in the repertoire for his engagement in Las Vegas in 1970. Images of the rehearsals before the engagement were included in the 2000 "That's The Way It Is" . special edition and on the FTD release "The Way It Was" and later on the "Walk A Mile In My Shoes" LP. Elvis also included on the January 1973 "Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite" Lp, both on the official album and on "The Alternate Aloha". Live versions from 1970 are also on "Live in Las Vegas" and on the FTD releases "One Night In Vegas" and "Writing For The King". "The Impossible Dream" presents a performance from 1971. A version along the same lines as the original, without making almost any changes, only the voice of Elvis that he would like from this theme, but with a more serious or heavier arrangement than the original. composer. A version along the same lines as the original, without making almost any changes, only the voice of Elvis that you would like from this song. Elvis had included it and fortunately it was not a sad song, but a love song, which he would know how to transmit with his interpretation. As expected, in his own way. With the particular vocal response of his soprano Kathie Westmoreland to which Elvis smiled every time he heard her reply.
"I'm so Lonesome I could Cry" Composed by Hank Williams that took it to number 1 in his voice, in 1949. A theme that he decided to include in his repertoire in his Live Concert, "Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite", where Elvis announces it as the song that is perhaps the most sad that he had heard. A song that has also been covered in the voice of B.J Thomas in 1966, Charlie McCoy who had worked with Elvis as a musician. A sad and melancholy song that Elvis performed in this same line on stage, but it was not a very lucid song for him. Elvis sang "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" at Sam Thompson's house in November 1973, it was included on the FTD 2000 release "Made in Memphis" and on bootleg albums. In addition to the "Aloha From Hawaii" album release, Elvis' 1973 live recordings of "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" have appeared on "The Alternate Aloha," "Welcome to My World," "Walk A Mile In My Shoes", "The Country Side of Elvis", "Elvis By The Presleys" and the 2006 album "Elvis Country".
"Welcome to my word" Elvis sang this song during his "Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite" performance on January 14, 1973. The song was written by Ray Winkler and John Hathcock, and had been a #2 country chart hit for Jim Reeves in 1963." Elvis' "Welcome To My World" appeared on the linked Aloha LP and appeared as the title track on the "Welcome to My World" album in 1977. It has since been reissued on "Elvis Aron Presley", "The Country Side of Elvis" and "Elvis by the Presleys." A version of the song that Elvis recorded during rehearsals on January 12, 1973 for the Aloha show appeared on "The Alternate Aloha." comfortable song to interpret in Concert that would not suppose any effort for Elvis.
A song composed by Kuy Lee, which Elvis recorded in Nashville on June 12, 1966, after Red West and Charlie Hodge made a vocal recording while Elvis stayed away from the studio. Elvis first heard the song in a version sung by Don Ho, connected with his soulful version of it, and the song became one of his most performed concert staples of the 1970s. That Nashville recording was initially released as a bonus track on the "Spinout" soundtrack LP (in 1999, it came out on "Tomorrow Is A Long Time"). An alternate take from the 1966 studio session is found on the FTD album So High. In the 1990s, the unreleased maestro appeared on the box set "From Nashville to Memphis" and on "Platinum: A Life In Music." Live 1970s recordings of his Madison Square Garden engagement in June 1972 have been released (not the show recorded for the live album, and not until "Elvis: A Legendary Performer Vol. 4" in 1983). . The song was on the "Aloha From Hawaiji Via Satellite" album and concert playlist, and is on a number of live bootlegs from the 1970s. Additionally, live performances have been released on "The Alternate Aloha" and "Elvis Aron Presley", and on the FTD albums "An American Trilogy", "Big Boss Man", "Dixieland Rocks" and "Southern Nights". A wonderful song that Elvis would always sing in an endearing way, with a special feeling, reaching his audience very closely. A score that was perfectly adapted to his voice and in which Elvis always poured his heart out. It is one of the songs that the audience would most applaud during these two concerts. But it is true that Elvis did a good performance in both concerts.
17 Elvis Presley - I'll Remember You - Rehearsal Concert in Hawaii January 12, 1973 - YouTube
Song composed by Little Richard, Enotris Johnson and Robert Blackwell. A heavily covered song that Elvis began singing in Las Vegas in May 1956. Later at Ellis Auditorium on May 15, 1956, which appeared on the "Elvis Aron Presley" album, "The King Of Rock 'n' Roll ", "Live in Las Vegas" and "Today, Tomorrow & Forever". A live version from Tupelo in September of that year is on "A Golden Celebration". At last he officially recorded it on Radio Recorders on September 2, 1956. And it would come out on his second LP "Elvis" and on the EP "Strictly Elvis". The song was his second million-seller, reaching the top 10 of Billboard's overall chart in early 1956. "Long Tall Sally" was perfect material when Elvis wanted to get back into the swing of his live shows in the 1970s. . Covers are on "Live in Las Vegas" and the FTD albums "Polk Salad Annie" and "Closing Night." Elvis paired the song with "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" for his 1973 "Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite" concert. He also sang it in Memphis in 1974 on record, the medley spanning most of his early career, including " Your Mama Don't Dance", "Flip, Flop And Fly", "Jailhouse Rock" and "Hound Dog". The FTD album "I Found My Thrill" features an alternative medley from early 1974's "Long Tall Sally" A great song that Elvis would sing differently over time, albeit to give the show a lot of energy and rhythm. The lyrics sound faster, compared to the version he did years ago, it's as if he wanted to go from one song to another running. But it is true that seeing him sing, you can see that he has fun interpreting these more accelerated songs, although he improved when he attacked "Whole lotta shakin' goin on".
"WHOLE LOTTA SHAKIN' GOIN ON" A song composed by Dave "Curly" Williams and Sunny David. The song has always been identified as a Jerry Lee Lewis song, due to its success in 1957, reaching number 3 on the Billboard charts, topping the country and Rhythm and Blues charts, although it has also been covered with moderate success for Big Maybelle in 1955. Elvis recorded a country rock version of this song on September 22, 1970, in Nashville. It was included on the "Elvis Country" LP. Also included in "Walk A Mile In My Shoes". He performed the song live as early as his first season in Las Vegas. By the summer of 1971, he was using it to remix with other oldies. Also on the 1973 "Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite" broadcast and the LP of it. A year later, the song made it to "Elvis Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis." It was included on the FTD version of "Elvis Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis", and the FTD live releases "Takin' Tahoe Tonight!", "Closing Night" and "I Found My Thrill", "Essential Elvis Vol, 4 ", etc. But Elvis always sang the song as if it wasn't entirely to his liking, we think it was to get the show going. Whenever it was necessary to change the air and wake up the public from the slowest songs or wanting to advance the show over time.
Long Tall Sally/Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On (Aloha From Hawaii, Live in Honolulu, 1973) - YouTube
"Following the Path of the King..."
The recording of the lp "Aloha from Hawaii Via Satélite" Joan Deary
Joan Deary would be in charge of the production of the album that was going to be recorded live, for this she had to record the Concert. As there was no special room for this, he had to do it in a small room with no space to move, the size was a closet and to sit down he had to use a box and put the RCA recording equipment on top of another. From there He had no show vision, so he couldn't see Elvis directly, but he could clearly hear him. From these recordings the double LP album of quadraphonic sound would come out. It is a special form of four-channel audio recording in which speakers are placed at the four corners of a listening space. This makes it possible to reproduce sound signals that are different from each other, which would give an idea of how the performance sounds in a concert hall.
Producer Felton Jarvis was also in Honolulu during the Concert, but he was still convalescing due to his health and was unable to make this production.
The live "Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite" LP, released on RCA Records in February 1973, would reach #1 on the Billboard chart, dominating the charts. audience left the building, Elvis would record five more songs. These were going to be added in the American version of this same special that would be rebroadcast on a delayed basis on April 4, 1973: " Blue Hawaii" " Ku-ui-po" " No More" " Hawaiian Wedding Song" " Early Morning Rain"
The Eagle and the King. "American Eagle Suit". "Aloha Froma Hawaii Via Satelite"
Elvis was very excited about the concert he was going to perform and wanted to dress in a special suit, which would give a good image, but he also wanted to reflect the American spirit with his design. Bil Belew, the designer of his jumpsuits, usually had good ideas and made the designs with the help of Gene Doucette. On this occasion Elvis wanted to propose a special design and would tell Belew that he wanted an outfit with an eagle, with the colors and design that would impress his audience at his big event. Belew accepted this challenge and said to Elvis "Let's see what I can think of". Elvis also asked for another suit that was the same, for the dress rehearsal and especially in case there was an accident, the pants were torn or any unexpected situation. The suit would have the name "American Eagle Suit", "Aloha Aguila", "Aloha Bald Headed Eagle Suit" with cape lined in blue. Designer Bill Belew. He did a spectacular job, not only the suit, he would create a cape that would impress the whole world. The second suit made for January 14 would be a little tighter than the first, Elvis kept it as a souvenir because it would never be used and it stayed at Graceland. ´ The one he used in rehearsal, which was practically the same, would be the one he would wear in more concerts in the future.
The white suit, called the "American Eagle Suit", was a white jumpsuit designed with a spectacular American eagle on the chest and also on the back, with golden studs in different sizes and patterns. With red and blue rhinestones, in different sizes and some of the stones in transparent blue. Eagle designs are also found on each upper arm sleeve, also three on the outside of each pant leg, as well as behind the collar which was as always high. The pant pleats had red lining on the kick of both legs. A novelty included in the suit by Doucette would be to include a design also around the waist below the belt. Doucette knew that sooner or later Elvis would release the belt to the public and this embellishment was designed the same as the belt but embedded in the suit, so that when he decided to take off the real one, it would look like he was still wearing it. The cape was specially designed by Belew with a large size, which measured up to the feet, the idea was to cover Elvis at the entrance to the show, and then uncover it before the public. The cape was white on the outside with an eagle design like the suit but made large, with the same type of studs with red and transparent blue rhinestones and the inner lining in blue. Elvis met on January 11, with the wardrobe managers, to see his suit, his cape... but when he tried on the cape, it was so heavy and long that it almost touched the ground. When he tried it on, it would be so cumbersome and loaded for him that he almost fell backwards. They had to call Bill Belew to ask if he could quickly do another shorter one, so he had to scrap this one. Doucette made a beautiful sketch that was sent to Elvis for his approval and they worked day and night to get the Cape ready for the Concert. The Cape would be shorter and the same as the one designed for the rehearsal, they had to fly it to Hawaii in time for the event. The belt was designed in the same line as the suit, it had seven pieces of gold metal, buckles in the shape of eagles, decorated with the American flag distributed around the belt. The suit-like trim also has the same studs, with red rhinestones. Also with two gold colored chains in ten bows around it. They made another copy belt and another one but with only six decorative bows. This suit was truly spectacular, one of the most beautiful Jumsuits that Elvis ever wore on stage. Although the short capes were also heavy, they looked splendid. Later in the Las Vegas engagement, some change was made to the suit and cape. The first suit was also used on various tours, in Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe... the last time it was used was in April 1974 in Memphis. These two suits appear identical at first glance, but a closer look reveals that the second suit, worn in the broadcast on January 14, has three star-shaped studs between the belt and jewels on the stomach area, while the another has two. The cost of these two suits would be $4,350, a price that included the two belts and the Cloaks. Currently the value is well above and can be incalculable. As expected, Elvis threw away the belt and the Cape on January 14, to thank his public for the charitable contributions. Elvis felt very comfortable wearing this suit so he kept it with fond memories. The Eagle and the King left their mark on the walkway of Time... Remember, we are living history!
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The Man and His Idol
Elvis Presley and Jack Lord
Elvis was a huge fan as were his friends from the TV series "Hawaii 5.0" and its leading man Jack Lord. He knew that he lived in Honolulu and on several occasions he wanted to meet him personally, for which he insisted on inviting him to the Concert on January 14, 1973, at the Honolulu International Center that was going to be broadcast via satellite. At the request of Elvis, Jack Lord and his wife were initially contacted by Colonel Parker and Joe Esposito who personally insisted and they could not refuse such a kind invitation. They had very peculiar customs so they didn't go out late and lived a little isolated, but finally they went to the concert and they also donated $1000 each for their entrance to the Kui Lee Association, which was the purpose of it. When Elvis during the Show, surprisingly introduced Jack to the audience, he was impressed by what he said: “My favorite actor in the whole world is sitting in the audience and I want to introduce him, Jack Lord”, said Elvis. It really was a great compliment and considering that it was a broadcast that so many people would see, you also have to take into account that there would be more characters in the audience. After the performance, Jack and his wife went to meet him backstage and, returning the compliment, said, "You know, Elvis, a lot of the actors I worked with in New York really admired your work," said Jack. "Really? Who?" Elvis asked. "Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, Tony Franciosa and Robert Mitchum," replied Jack. "Everyone thought you were dynamite." Elvis was really surprised, his love for acting and his admiration for these actors was so great that he would never have thought that they would talk about him in this way and above all that they would think that he had the qualities to act, he had already lost that illusion. It was something that left Elvis emotional because he did not believe that the other actors could have respect for him. From the first moment they met it would be a special friendship, as if they had known each other all their lives, it was as if they were soul friends. Elvis asked him about the show and Jack Lord told him that he had stood up and whistled for him because he liked it so much that he wanted everyone to do it." You know, a whistle can be the greatest compliment," said Jack. "It's a tradition of the theater world, a great compliment between one actor and another. At that time, I wanted every person in this auditorium to stand up and cheer. "I don't mean that as flattery. It means that I suddenly had a gut feeling of the kind of things you were going through on stage. "I've never heard such dramatic music in my life. Nowhere. From anyone." For Elvis, these words made up for all his effort, his recognition, and he thanked them. Elvis then told Jack and Marie that he would love to see them again sooner. He was leaving Hawaii and asked if they could have dinner together. Jack's wife, Marie, said, 'Well, I'm sure you don't go out to restaurants.' no, but I could go to your house". In the end they were all invited to his house, with the Mafia boys as well. Elvis and 7 of his members went to his house, all smiling offered him a gift inside the box, presented Jack with a solid gold Walther revolver. Elvis explained that he had ordered a matched set from Germany a year earlier, but they had just arrived. "But I don't need two guns, so I want you to have this one," he told Jack, “plus six bullets, just in case you ever need them!” The golden gun was pure artwork. Jack Lord was even more impressed by Elvis's generosity, but there was still another gift for his wife. To Marie he handed a small jewelry box, with a velvet setting, inside it was a wonderful ring. Marie was a fashion designer and she knew the quality of the gem that she had been given, Elvis told her that they were emeralds and diamonds. Elvis's generosity was so great that they were both shocked. Jack was an instrument collector and wanted to compensate Elvis with a special gift, he was a collector of special or rare instruments and had a six-string banjo, of which there were only 22 exclusive ones. He gave it to Elvis and ran to show it to Marie with the smile of a little boy, saying "Look what Jack got me." Elvis was not used to gifts, but to giving, so he was very excited. When they visited him again in the Las Vegas Season, Elvis surprised him by putting the banjo on a stool on stage in full view of the audience. friends and they would see each other again on several occasions. When they went to see him in the dressing room, Elvis showed them his suits, belts and in gratitude for their visit to Las Vegas, Elvis gave them the Belt that he had with him. He was the only one who did not belong to any specific suit, for this reason he did not have a name, but from then on they called him Jack Lord. AND
It was a belt that Elvis premiered in November 1972, made of leather with rhinestone prints of different colors, with three brass chains in seven colors. It is believed to have been designed by Gene Doucette. Elvis told Marie and Jack that the belt did not belong in any suit but that he wore it because he loved it. It was embroidered with coral, jade, turquoise and amethyst, Elvis gave it to them and they did not want to accept it because it was very valuable, but Elvis insisted saying that he would not take no for an answer. A pleasant friendship that lasted over time.
"Aloha from Hawaii" was one of Elvis's great moments, before the public, but unfortunately the last glorious moment of Elvis, before the world. Since he would never get to travel to other countries and would continue his path as an artist touring the US and with his obligations in Las Vegas, etc. It would be another turning point in his life for the chosen Path. The live concert album that would result from Aloha stayed on the Billboard charts for thirty-five weeks and would rise to number one, his first chart-topping LP in nine years. Quite a success, but that was it... Colonel Parker seemed to sense it, as if he sensed that things could change. After the recordings and the concert in the early hours of January 15, 1973 at 3:00 in the morning, he sat down to write Elvis a letter of congratulations. Something strange in a cold, calculating and reserved person like Tom Parker was. There was a lot of feeling in his words, Parker told Elvis that they didn't need to hug each other, because they could tell each other when they saw each other from the stage, how they felt. He said that he always knew when to do or should do his part and that Elvis always did his part his way and with all the feeling he knew how to do it better. That's why the two of them, he said, never clashed when they did their job in the best possible way. . . He added, that even if others have come later and want to add the merits, they would really know who was absolutely responsible for the success... he told Elvis: You, above all, make everything work by being the leader and the talent. Without his dedication to his fans, it couldn't have been done." Elvis would be very proud of this display of recognition and affection, from someone who sometimes patted him simply to congratulate him. With a few rare exceptions, this letter was somewhat exceptional in its treatment of him. But Tom Parker, his manager, was having a difficult time and had been under unusual stress. At this time the Colonel had suffered a heart attack, he was too obese. It was the fourth that he had suffered and it is likely that he thought more about his future. In addition, her wife Marie, in unstable health, began to become senile, sometimes she did not recognize him. Despite these circumstances, the Colonel would continue in the same professional line as him, managing Elvis's artistic future. The Path of Elvis and the Colonel were united by a fine line that marked destiny...