Question #147323. Asked by pehinhota.
Last updated Jan 14 2020.
Originally posted Jan 14 2020 3:23 PM.
Elvis made television and entertainment history with his 'Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii - Via Satellite' concert special. The show was performed at the Honolulu International Center Arena on January 14, 1973 at 12:30 AM Hawaiian time. The concert was beamed live via Globecam Satellite to Australia, South Korea, Japan, Thailand, the Philippines, South Vietnam and other countries, and was seen on a delayed basis in approximately thirty European countries. The first American airing was April 4, 1973 on NBC-TV.
Aired as scheduled on January 14, 'Aloha from Hawaii' was the first global concert satellite broadcast, the PR stating it as reaching approximately 1.5 billion viewers live and on USA TV delay.
Elvis' costume became the most recognized example of the elaborate concert garb with which his latter-day persona became closely associated. As described by Bobbie Ann Mason, 'At the end of the show, when he spreads out his American Eagle cape, with the full stretched wings of the eagle studded on the back, he becomes a god figure'. The accompanying double album, released in February, went to number one and eventually sold over 5 million copies in the United States. It proved to be Elvis' last U.S. number one pop album during his lifetime..