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

By: Elvis Australia
Source: www.elvis.com.au
March 25, 2011 - 7:33:39 PM
Elvis Articles, Elvis Photos


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


-
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.