Elvis Presley was a famous singer from the 20th century. He is considered as one of the most popular American singers of all time and has the nickname of "the King of Rock and Roll," which is a sufficient indicator for how well received his music was at the time.
Elvis had millions of fans that were fond of his unique voice, and it's not much of a stretch to say that wherever he performed, his fans would be there to listen and watch. Obviously, once Elvis was finished performing, he would literally leave the building, thus, there was no reason for his fans to there anymore; the show was finished. Today, this idiom is generally used to mean that something is complete, or over.
Regarding this expression, Wikipedia mentions how it was used to disperse crowds after Elvis Presley concerts due to people lingering in hopes of seeing an encore.
The first man believed to have used the phrase was Horace Lee Logan in 1956. Apparently, Elvis had just finished performing and was exiting the concert hall, so people were getting out of their seats to watch him leave. However, there were more performances that remained, so Logan announced:
"Alright, alright, 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
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* The family meeting we had this morning finally ended after four long hours, Elvis has left the building and it was time to go home.
Said about things that have ended; finished.
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