I'll Remember You is one of the most beautiful love songs ever written. The song's lyricist, Kui Lee (1932-1966), was a beloved Hawaiian musician who died of cancer while still in his thirties.
In tribute, Elvis Presley (1935-1977) sang the lovely tune during his 1973 Aloha From Hawaii concert and raised $75,000 for the Kui Lee Cancer Fund.
"I will remember, too, every bright star we made wishes upon," sang Presley. "love me always, promise always, oh, you'll remember too."
Elvis Presley made entertainment history as he crooned; his performance in Hawaii was broadcast via satellite around the world. A first.
"A live concert to me is exciting because of all the electricity that is generated in the crowd and on stage. Itís my favorite part of the business - live concerts," he said in an interview promoting the special event.
Elvis Presley had great aloha in his heart for the islands and this was not the first time he raised money to help. In 1961, another concert generated the seed money and public awareness to jump-start the construction of the USS Arizona Memorial, a perpetual memory to those who died during the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
Each year thousands visit the Arizona Memorial and remember, too.
I'll Remember You...