Elvis has left the building

For the film of the same name, see Elvis Has Left the Building.

"Elvis has left the building" is a phrase that was often used by public address announcers at the conclusion of Elvis Presley concerts in order to disperse audiences who lingered in hopes of an encore. It has since become a catchphrase and punchline.[1]


The phrase was first used by promoter Horace Lee Logan on December 15, 1956, at Hirsch Coliseum (now George's Pond at Hirsch Coliseum) in Shreveport, Louisiana. Elvis had appeared in the middle of the night's lineup, and Logan needed to quiet the audience so that the remaining performers could play. The full quotation was:

All right, all right, Elvis has left the building. I've told you absolutely straight up to this point. You know that. He has left the building. He left the stage and went out the back with the policemen and he is now gone from the building.[2][3]

"Elvis has left the building" is also heard at the end of Elvis' March 1961 Pearl Harbor Memorial benefit concert, after Elvis exits at the end of "Hound Dog" and a short coda from the band.

Throughout the 1970s, the phrase was captured on record several times, spoken by Al Dvorin.[4] In later years the phrase would be spoken by some of Presley's backup singers to calm down the audience after concerts.[4]


The phrase has since become a catchphrase and punchline, used to refer to anyone who has exited in some sense. For instance, it might be used when someone makes a dramatic exit from an argument, to relieve tension among those who remain. Baseball broadcasters on radio and/or television sometimes use the phrase as a humorous way to describe a home run, which is typically hit over the outfield fence, leaving the field of play. Pittsburgh Penguins' hockey broadcaster Mike Lange uses the phrase if a goal is scored late in the game that effectively puts the game out of reach.[5]

See also


  1. George Plasketes (1997-07-18), Images of Elvis Presley in American culture, ISBN 978-1-56024-910-8
  2. The Straight Dope - What is the origin of "Elvis has left the building"?
  3. Shreveport Municipal Auditorium
  4. 1 2 The Elvis Encyclopedia. Gerald Duckworth & Co Ltd. 2008. p. 133. ISBN 978-0-7156-3816-3.
  5. NYTimes blog mentions Mike Lange
  6. "The UsualSuspects(IMDb)". IMDb. Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 12 September 2015.
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