Elvis Presley fans worldwide are observing the thirty-fifth anniversary of his death in many ways and this Saturday’s edition of The Prairie Lily Special (6 – 8 pm) will do so in it’s own small way by presenting a recording of one of the very few live performances he gave after leaving the U.S. Army and before returning to concert work in 1968.
On Saturday, March 25th, 1961, Elvis traveled to Hawaii to give a live performance to benefit the building fund to erect a memorial over the sunken remains of the U.S.S. Arizona, the battleship whose entire crew was virtually lost when it was sunk during the Japanese air attack on the U.S. Navy’s installations at Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941.
This concert was recorded and CJTR listeners will be able to hear a sizable portion of it during the Rockabilly Boogie-Time segment (7 – 7:30) of TPLS. The show at that time was a huge success, raising in excess of sixty-thousand dollars, a largess that enabled greatly in eventually getting the memorial completed and opened in 1962. Enjoy the show, but beware…Elvis on stage back then usually means lots of screaming young women...EI – YI – YI!
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