[Ads-l] "Elvis Has Left the Building"

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Thu Nov 20 13:43:32 UTC 2014

Can anyone provide early documentation or plausible later secondary accounts of the origins or usage of the phrase "Elvis has left the building"?  Wikipedia gives a specific claim for its being used in 1956, but the earliest actual evidence I can find is an occurrence in the Seattle Times, Nov. 13, 1970.

Fred Shapiro

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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