At the rehearsal show Elvis announces that they had raised $75,000 and then on the 14th he announces again that $75,000 had been raised.
Some commentators tend to forget that the 2 shows together raised $150,000 and even the Wikipedia page for Aloha does not take into account the rehearsal show's takings.
$150,000.00 in 1973 had the same buying power as $796,489.41 in 2012.
This compares favourably to the benefit concerts given by Justin Timberlake and Friends which regularly raise an average of $1 million dollars a year (concerts which are longer than Aloha and which feature a number of headline acts).
(I notice that the Wikipedia page has downgraded the viewing figures for Aloha from over 1 Billion to "only" several hundred million).
Last edited by JRtherealJR; 11-28-2012 at 06:35 PM.
Oh I see it now. But this is false. It DID reach 1.5 billion people worldwide. But that does not mean it was viewed by 1.5 billion. But to claim that only several hundred viewed it is false as hell. People need to quit discrediting Elvis for his remarkable accomplishments and accept that he was then and still is the most celebrated entertainer to ever walk this planet we call Earth.
MJ claimed that he sold over a billion records but record books show that he's not even sold 500 million.
I took it upon myself to fix that error. No longer does that fool who discredited Elvis have it on there as I edited it out myself. You don't mess with the King and get away with it.
He clearly is no Elvis fan & he has come up with this theory and posted it on Wikipedia as if it is a fact. There is no way of proving how many people did or did not watch the live broadcast- but there was certainly the POTENTIAL for over 1 Billion people to have watched it live that night. And me being an optimist I choose to believe that over a Billion people did indeed see Aloha- at least by the time it was shown on US TV anyway.
I was very dissappointed when I saw that the Wikipedia entry for Aloha had been changed like that in an obvious attempt to downgrade Elvis' achievement.
Last edited by JRtherealJR; 11-29-2012 at 11:39 AM.
Work in Progress!
Never let facts stand in the way of a good story.
Anyway, I watched it when it was first broadcast and that's all that matters.
The person who wrote that wiki entry presented both claims. There was nothing i.diotic about it. Besides, the 1.5 billion stat that was in the early publicity was clearly false and 1 billion would also be. The idea that the claim refers to how many potential viewers were reached is odd to say the least. With that logic, we could say that American Idol reaches 300 million every week, because that number could potentially tune in. The reality is that there was some marketing hype surrounding the original broadcast and journalists ran with the stats because they didn't know better.
But if they had decided to show it in the US on the night it happened most fans would not have let the late night showing keep them from watching it ...but it probablycwould have kept casual fans or others from tuning in and NBC wanted everyone.
Work in Progress!
Putting out the real facts isn't an attack on Elvis. It was still a major event and an impressive moment in the history of both television and popular music.