legend takes his leave
24, 2004 Associated Press
Dvorin, the announcer who made famous the legendary phrase,
"Elvis has left the building", has died at the age of 81.
Dvorin was killed in a car accident as he returned from an
Elvis convention in California.
first met Elvis Presley in 1955 and worked with him for 22
years, helping to organise his tours and personal appearances.
It was in the early 1970s that the star's manager, Colonel
Parker, asked Dvorin to inform fans after a gig that Elvis
would not be appearing for an encore.
took the stage and made his now legendary announcement: "Ladies
and gentlemen, Elvis has left the building. Thank you and
phrase, which was first uttered by other announcers early
in Presley's career, became a staple at Elvis concerts and
has lived on long past the star's death. But Dvorin was never
paid a penny for the words, which have been reproduced countless
times over the years, and he remained bitter towards Elvis
Presley Enterprises, the multimillion-pound empire now run
by the star's daughter, Lisa Marie.
Shaw, owner of London memorabilia store Elvisly Yours and
a close friend of Dvorin, said: "Of all the people I have
met associated with Elvis, he was the nicest, funniest, smartest
and most honest.
had so many great memories of Elvis that I always told him
he should write a book. "But after Elvis died, he kept a low
profile because of his friendship with Colonel Parker and
because he didn't want to be seen cashing in on Elvis's death
like so many others had done. "It was only a few years ago,
after the Colonel died, that he decided to start attending
Elvis events and conventions around the world to share some
of his memories."
the time of the accident, Dvorin was in a car driven by Ed
Bonja, a longtime Elvis photographer. A former band leader
and talent agent in Chicago, Dvorin first met Elvis through
his work with Colonel Parker. He was among those on Elvis's
last tour in 1977. The
singer died of heart problems and drug abuse that August.
spokesman for the Elvis Presley estate in Graceland said:
"He was a fixture in Elvis world. He'll be greatly missed."