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Video & Photo Tribute : 50th anniversary of Elvis' U.S.S. Arizona Benefit concert

By Elvis Australia
March 25, 2011 - 7:33:39 PM

In honor of the Elvis Presley MP3 Audio Elvis Presley Video Elvis Presley Photos 50th anniversary of Elvis' U.S.S. Arizona Benefit concert, March 25, 1961 we have have some great photos of Elvis' arrival in Hawaii, of the concert, and a video of Elvis and Priscilla touring the completed facility in May 1968. More than 4,000 fans attended the concert, purchasing tickets ranging in price from $3 to $100. The concert, which featured Elvis Presley and an all-star lineup of entertainers, raised just over $54,000 toward the $500,000 goal. Many public and private donations followed the show, and the USS Arizona Memorial was dedicated on May 30, Memorial Day, 1962. (Which is fitting as the film of Elvis' arrival at the airport is actually from April 7, 1962 with Elvis in Hawaii to film his movie Girls! Girls! Girls!).

Also Donna Butterworth the future co-star to Elvis in his 1966 movie, Paradise Hawaiian Style can be seen jumping among the young fans at the start of the video. The video then continues with the 1961 audio of the three presentations to Elvis in appreciation of what he was doing in giving the benefit concert. And concludes with footage of Elvis and Priscilla with Joe Esposito and Charlie Hodge touring the completed facility, May 1968

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