On January 14, 1973, Elvis Presley made history as the first solo entertainer to hold a live concert broadcast internationally via satellite. More than a billion people from more than 40 countries across Asia and Europe tuned in to watch "Aloha from Hawaii." Weekends on All Things Considered host Jacki Lyden talks to Elvis aficionados, including fans who witnessed the rock 'n' roll king when he took the crown to be a true worldwide phenomenon.
Released on two sides of the same record, "Hound Dog" and "Don't Be Cruel" rose to the top of the charts in 1956, signaling a revolution in popular music. Hear the stories behind Elvis Presley's two biggest hits.
Elvis Presley is constantly being discovered by new generations, and by older fans in new stages of life. Critic Milo Miles talks about the surprise rewards he found while listening to the new reissue Elvis Is Back! — and during his first visit to Graceland in Memphis.
Thirty-two years after his death, Elvis Presley still attracts new generations of fans who recognize his distinct style, the power of his voice and the inventive exuberance of his performance. Scott Simon gathers friends, fans and critics to discuss how the legend of "The King" has endured over the years.
When Elvis sang Return to Sender in 1962, first-class postage was just four cents. The U.S. Postal Service says the 29-cent stamp with Elvis' image on it, is still the most popular stamp. Fans have snapped up about 125 million of the Elvis stamps.
Elvis Presley confidant Jerry Schilling talks about his new book, Me and a Guy Named Elvis: My Lifelong Friendship with Elvis Presley. When Schilling was 12 years old, he met the teenaged Elvis Presley at a north Memphis pickup football game. As Presley rose to fame, Schilling joined him on the rise, eventually becoming creative affairs director for Elvis Presley Enterprises.