Horace Lee Logan, who started the country music program "Louisiana Hayride" and first said what became the catch-phrase "Elvis has left the building," died Sunday. He was 86. When Presley debuted in 1954, Logan wrote in his 1998 memoir, "Elvis, Hank and Me," he wanted to say something reassuring to the nervous young man, but didn't have time. Instead, he grabbed the microphone.
"Ladies and gentlemen, you've never heard of this young man before, but one day you'll be able to tell your children and grandchildren you heard musical history made tonight," he told the audience. Two years later, tring to quiet a frenzied Hayride audience after another Presley performance, Logan announced, "Elvis has left the building."