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Interview with 'Aloha From Hawaii' director and producer, Marty Pasetta

By: Jeff Abraham
Source: Archive of Television Academ
May 23, 2015 - 7:36:15 PM
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Elvis made television and entertainment history with his 'Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii - Via Satellite' concert special. Performed at the Honolulu International Center Arena on January 14, 1973 at 12:30 AM Hawaiian time, it 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.

Marty Pasetta produced and directed the Aloha TV special which became the most watched TV program ever, with over 1.5 billion people watching it worldwide. Marty actually told Elvis 'He's got to lose some weight' when they met in Las Vegas. Elvis spent the next three months dieting, taking vitamin injections, and rigorously working out with his Memphis karate instructor, Kang Rhee. Director/producer Marty Pasetta reminisces about pitching his ideas for the Elvis Aloha from Hawaii special, the first program to ever be beamed around the world by satellite.

Following is an interview with Marty as he remembers the events.

Elvis Presley Video Interview with Marty Pasetta

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The first American airing was April 4, 1973 on NBC-TV. It was a worldwide ratings smash and the soundtrack album went to number one on the 'Billboard' album chart. The American broadcast attracted 51% of the television viewing audience and was seen in more American households than man's first walk on the moon. In all, it was initially seen in approximately forty countries by 1-to-1.5 billion people.


Above, Elvis and Marty Pasetta (Far right), January 1973 - Most likely these photos were taken in the later morning hours of January 14, after all work for the 'Aloha' special was completed.

Aloha From Hawaii Press Conferences : 1972

Elvis Presley Video Elvis Presley : Aloha From Hawaii Press Conference : September 4, 1972
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Elvis Presley Video Elvis Presley : Aloha From Hawaii Press Conference : November 20, 1972

Aloha From Hawaii : The Concerts

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Arriving In Hawaii : January 9, 1973
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Aloha From Hawaii Rehearsal Concert : January 12, 1973
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Receiving an award, backstage : January 13, 1973, before his Aloha Concert
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Hawaii : January 14, 1973

Aloha From Hawaii : The Reviews

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Articles about Elvis Presley The Elvis Hawaii Connection

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Aloha From Hawaii' director and producer, Marty Pasetta has died (May 2015)

CD and DVDs

DVD. Aloha From Hawaii DVD
DVD. Aloha From Hawaii 2 DVD Set
CD. Aloha From Hawaii CD
CD. The Essential 70's Masters 5 CD Deluxe box set

Elvis Presley Video Tupelo's Own Elvis Presley DVD

Tupelo's Own Elvis Presley DVD + 16 page booklet.

Never before have we seen an Elvis Presley concert from the 1950's with sound. Until Now! The DVD Contains recently discovered unreleased film of Elvis performing 6 songs, including Heartbreak Hotel and Don't Be Cruel, live in Tupelo Mississippi 1956. Included we see a live performance of the elusive Long Tall Sally seen here for the first time ever.

This is an excellent release no fan should be without it.

The 'parade' footage is good to see as it puts you in the right context with color and b&w footage. The interviews of Elvis' Parents are well worth hearing too. The afternoon show footage is wonderful and electrifying : Here is Elvis in his prime rocking and rolling in front of 11.000 people. Highly recommended.