ELVIS PAL LEAVES THE BUILDING

The man who coined the phrase "Elvis has left the building" passes away...

The announcer who coined the phrase “Elvis Presley has left the building” has died.

Al Dvorin, 81, was killed in a car crash on the way home from an Elvis Presley convention in California, according to the BBC. He was in a car driven by longtime Elvis Presley photographer Ed Bonja.

Dvorin met Elvis Presley in 1955 after working for his manager Colonel Tom Parker. His catchphrase became famous after a concert in the early seventies when Parker asked Dvorin to inform fans that Elvis Presley would not be returning for an encore. He took the stage and said, “Ladies and gentlemen, Elvis Presley has left the building. Thank you and goodnight.”

While the phrase was used regularly at shows before that, Dvorin’s delivery made it famous. “Al made it his own with his idiosyncratic delivery. He’s the man when it comes to that saying,” said Todd Morgan, a spokesman for the Elvis Presley estate.

However, Dvorin was never paid for the recording of his words and was bitter towards the multi-million pound empire that Elvis Enterprises became. For many years he avoided Elvis Presley conventions because he did not want to be seen to be cashing in on the singer’s death.