Almanac: "Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii via Satellite"

On January 14, 1973, the world's first live satellite concert by a solo artist, featuring The King, was broadcast from Honolulu.

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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.

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Elvis Presley performing in Honolulu, Jan. 14, 1973.

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Performed just after midnight in Honolulu, the show was broadcast live to Asia during their prime time ... and by tape delay to the rest of the world.

In his glittering white jumpsuit, bedecked with leis, Elvis delivered his biggest hits, from "Hound Dog" to "Blue Suede Shoes," and more.

He closed with a slightly shaky version of "Can't Help Falling In Love."  

To watch Presley perform "Steamroller Blues" from "Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii via Satellite" click on the video player below:

ELVIS - Steamroller Blues 1973 live Aloha From Hawaii Mainshow by Cowboy Man on YouTube

The concert was a huge ratings success, although claims of more than a billion viewers seem unlikely.

Whatever the number, few that night could ever have imagined that in just four-and-a-half years, Elvis Presley would be dead at age 42.

A statue of The King has stood for years outside that Honolulu concert hall. And in THAT sense, at least, Elvis has still only JUST left the building.

        
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