Elvis Has Left the Building… 39 Years Ago Today

“Elvis has left the building” is a phrase that was often used by public address announcers at the end of Elvis Presley concerts in order to disperse audiences who lingered in hopes of an encore. It has since become a catchphrase and punchline. The phrase was first used by promoter Horace Lee Logan on December 15, 1956, near 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.”  The catchphrase can also be 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.

It’s been 39 years since Elvis Presley died at the age of 42. (1935 – 1977)  As a musician, “The King  of Rock and Roll” held the record for most charted singles (114), most Top 10 singles (38) and most weeks in the Number 1 position (80). He also appeared in 33 movies.

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The cause of his death has never been confirmed and it will be about 11 more years before official confirmation. His family had the autopsy report sealed until 2027, but it has been widely suspected that he died from an overdose of prescription drugs.  So do you think you know all there is to know about “The King?” Take our trivia challenge and find out!

What were the names of Elvis’s parents?
Elvis had a twin brother who died within six hours of birth. What was his name?
  3. Elvis was in 33 films. Which did he say was his favorite?
  4. Elvis wasn’t a hit with the Grammy committee. How many Grammys did he receive and in what categories?
  5. “Blue Suede Shoes” is a popular Elvis song and was a Top 40 hit, but peaked far from Number 1. How high did it go?
  6. Which Elvis song was the first record to reach Number 1 on the Billboard Country and Western, Rhythm and Blues, and Pop charts all in one week?
This actor today demands more than $10 million a film and lives with an Oscar-winning actress. He made his film debut as a child in a 1963 Elvis movie. Name the actor and the film title.


  1. Gladys & Vernon Presley
  2. Jesse Garron Presley
  3. King Creole in 1958
  4. Three in the Gospel category
  5. Number 20 in April, 1956
  6. Heartbreak Hotel
  7. Kurt Russell was 10 when he kicked Elvis in the shin during “It Happened at the World’s Fair.

[Source: Wikipedia & Washington Post]

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