Today would have been the 80th birthday of Elvis Presley. I have written of my high regard for Elvis Presley in other posts before, but in case you haven't read those, I really like him a lot. On New Year's Eve, I was happy to see that PBS had the Elvis concert from Hawaii, the one that was first broadcast live on Jan. 14, 1973. It was the very first concert that was ever shown by satellite and was seen in 40 countries around the world. It was not seen in Europe until the next day (shown during prime time viewing, I believe) but it was not shown in the USA until April, because the January date was the same day as the Super Bowl! (And YES, I very much remember watching it on TV in April of 1973, that is my birthday month!) Still, it is a marvelous thing to think of music being broadcast live all over the world for the first time, isn't it? I have also watched it on YouTube but I still loved seeing the concert on TV. One of the things that I noticed...he said, "Thank you, thank you very much" after almost every song. We have heard that so often by the Elvis impersonators, but when you hear Elvis say it, it sounds sincere and from the heart.
The concert hall in Honolulu where Elvis performed his "Aloha From Hawaii" has a life size bronze statue of Elvis which was installed in August of 2007, the 30th anniversary of his death. Visitors to the statue often leave leis draped around the statue in honor of Elvis. There is a plaque on the statue and the following is engraved upon it:
Elvis Aloha From Hawaii. The world's first satellite TV Concert.
Jan. 14, 1973.
With supreme talent and sincere humility, Elvis Presley made his gift the world's. Thank you, thank you very much.
USS Arizona Memorial Click on that link and read about another concert by Elvis to raise money for the memorial to the USS Arizona.
It's nice to think of Hawaii...it was 12 degrees this morning!