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Elvis Costello is a singer-songwriter who rose to fame with his hit debut album ‘My Aim is True’

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BirthdayAugust 25, 1954
NationalityBritish
FamousMusicians, Lyricists & Songwriters, Pop Singers
SpousesDiana Krall
Known asElvis Costello
Childrens Dexter Henry Lorcan, Frank Harlan James, Matthew
Universities
  • Hounslow Secondary Modern School
  • St Mark's Catholic Secondary School
Birth PlacePaddington, London, England
ReligionRoman Catholic
Height178cm
GenderMale
FatherRoss McManus
MotherLilian Alda
Net Worth$60 million as of Sep 2,2016
Sun SignVirgo
Born inPaddington, London, England

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Who is Elvis Costello?

Elvis Costello, born as Declan Patrick MacManus, is an English pop singer and songwriter. He is considered as one of the New wave musicians. He is also an innovative songwriter known for the rich vocabulary of his lyrics which is so uncommon among most pop songwriters. His works cover diverse musical genres and he also loves to mix and match various genres to produce music with a signature feel. It is no surprise that music is his passion — the son of a musician father, music runs in his blood. The father-son duo had even sung together for a television commercial, winning a prize in the process. He took up the stage name Elvis Costello when he began to perform professionally. The talented young musician signed a contract with the independent label Stiff Records and released his debut album, ‘My Aim is True’. The album was a moderate commercial success but it showcased his potential to the world. He formed his own backing band, The Attractions, consisting of bassist Bruce Thomas, drummer Pete Thomas, and keyboardist Steve Nieve. He reached the peak of his success during the late 1970s when all the albums he released went either Gold or Platinum. Though not as successful during the 1980s, he has surely managed to garner a devoted cult following.

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Childhood & Early Life

Elvis Costello was born to Ross MacManus and Lilian Alda. His father was a musician who had played with the Joe Loss Orchestra.

He attended the Hounslow Secondary Modern School.

As a youngster he performed with his father in an award-winning television commercial for R. White’s Lemonade.

His parents separated when he was a teenager and he moved to Liverpool with his mother.

He enrolled at St. Francis Xavier’s College and returned to London after completing his education.

Career

He formed ‘Flip City', along with aspirating musicians Mich Kent and Malcolm Dennis, in 1974. The band could not do well and was disbanded the very next year.

Costello played solo gigs and did several small jobs to support his family. He spent his free time writing songs and recording demo tapes to send to record companies but with little success.

He sent a demo tape to independent label Stiff Records in 1976 after reading an ad inviting demo tapes. Stiff Records’ Nick Lowe loved the promising singer’s music and signed a contract with him. It was during this time that he adopted his stage name Elvis Costello.

His debut album, ‘My Aim is True’ was released in 1977. It was produced by Nick Lowe and the backing music was provided by members of the band Clover. The album was a commercial success.

In late 1977, he formed his own backing band The Attractions with Steve Nieve, Bruce Thomas and Pete Thomas. His 1978 album, ‘This Year’s Model’ was the first one with this band.

He brought out ‘Armed Forces’ in 1979. The album was praised by reviewers for its clever and snappy lyrics. It featured the singles ‘Accidents will happen’ and ‘Alison’.

The success of his previous albums motivated him to release at least an album every year. His 1980 album, ‘Get Happy!’ featured a sound different from its predecessors and had elements of R&B and soul music.

In 1981, he released the album ‘Trust’. He was going through a difficult period and his cynical attitude was reflected in the lyrics of the album. It was his first album so far to have registered the lowest sales figure.

Even though he was not as popular during the 1980s, but he still did manage to produce minor hits. He released several albums till 1989 which included ‘Almost Blue’ (1981) and ‘Goodbye Cruel World’ (1984), but they were not much successful.

His 1989 album, ‘Spike’ did considerably better than many of his previous ones. It was also the first one he released with Warner Brothers. The album went Gold in both the U.K. and U.S.

He continued to bring out albums in the 1990s, but his popularity was waning and none of his albums reached the Gold status.

He could not revive his old popularity even in the new millennium. Some of his recent albums include: ‘North’ (2003), ‘The River in Reverse’ (2006), and ‘National Ransom’ (2010).

Major Works

His first album, ‘My Aim is True’ (1977) was a big hit; it was considered to be the most impressive debut album in the history of pop music. The album went Platinum in the U.S. and Gold in Canada.

His 1979 album, ‘Armed Forces’, was named on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of greatest albums. It was accredited Platinum in the U.K and Canada. The album was so popular that it was reissued twice, in 1993 and 2001 by different labels.

Awards & Achievements

He has won two Q Merit Awards (2001 and 2002) at the U.K’s annual music awards presented by the music magazine Q.

He also has several Grammy nominations to his credit.

Personal Life & Legacy

His first marriage was to Mary Burgoyne in 1974 with whom he has a son. The marriage ended in divorce.

He married bassist Cait O’Riordan in 1986. This marriage too ended when the couple separated in 2002.

In 2003, he married musician Diana Krall. He has twin sons with her.

He converted to vegetarianism in the 1980s.

He is involved with the Jazz Foundation of America, a non-profit organization that works to help jazz musicians who are in need of emergency funds.

Trivia

He, along with his band The Attractions, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003.

He has starred in several films in minor roles, often portraying himself.

He is a big football fan and supports Liverpool.

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Elvis Costello awards

YearNameAward

BAFTA Awards

1992Best Original Television MusicG.B.H. (1991)

Grammy Awards

1999Best Pop Collaboration with VocalsWinner

MTV Video Music Awards

1989Best Male VideoElvis Costello: Veronica (1989)

Elvis Costello biography timelines

  • // 25th Aug 1954
    Elvis Costello was born to Ross MacManus and Lilian Alda. His father was a musician who had played with the Joe Loss Orchestra.
  • // 1974
    He formed ‘Flip City', along with aspirating musicians Mich Kent and Malcolm Dennis, in 1974. The band could not do well and was disbanded the very next year.
  • // 1974
    His first marriage was to Mary Burgoyne in 1974 with whom he has a son. The marriage ended in divorce.
  • // 1976
    He sent a demo tape to independent label Stiff Records in 1976 after reading an ad inviting demo tapes. Stiff Records’ Nick Lowe loved the promising singer’s music and signed a contract with him. It was during this time that he adopted his stage name Elvis Costello.
  • // 1977
    His debut album, ‘My Aim is True’ was released in 1977. It was produced by Nick Lowe and the backing music was provided by members of the band Clover. The album was a commercial success.
  • // 1977 To 1978
    In late 1977, he formed his own backing band The Attractions with Steve Nieve, Bruce Thomas and Pete Thomas. His 1978 album, ‘This Year’s Model’ was the first one with this band.
  • // 1977
    His first album, ‘My Aim is True’ (1977) was a big hit; it was considered to be the most impressive debut album in the history of pop music. The album went Platinum in the U.S. and Gold in Canada.
  • // 1979
    He brought out ‘Armed Forces’ in 1979. The album was praised by reviewers for its clever and snappy lyrics. It featured the singles ‘Accidents will happen’ and ‘Alison’.
  • // 1979 To 2001
    His 1979 album, ‘Armed Forces’, was named on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of greatest albums. It was accredited Platinum in the U.K and Canada. The album was so popular that it was reissued twice, in 1993 and 2001 by different labels.
  • // 1980
    The success of his previous albums motivated him to release at least an album every year. His 1980 album, ‘Get Happy!’ featured a sound different from its predecessors and had elements of R&B and soul music.
  • // 1981
    In 1981, he released the album ‘Trust’. He was going through a difficult period and his cynical attitude was reflected in the lyrics of the album. It was his first album so far to have registered the lowest sales figure.
  • // 1981 To 1989
    Even though he was not as popular during the 1980s, but he still did manage to produce minor hits. He released several albums till 1989 which included ‘Almost Blue’ (1981) and ‘Goodbye Cruel World’ (1984), but they were not much successful.
  • // 1986 To 2002
    He married bassist Cait O’Riordan in 1986. This marriage too ended when the couple separated in 2002.
  • // 1989
    His 1989 album, ‘Spike’ did considerably better than many of his previous ones. It was also the first one he released with Warner Brothers. The album went Gold in both the U.K. and U.S.
  • // 2001 To 2001
    He has won two Q Merit Awards (2001 and 2002) at the U.K’s annual music awards presented by the music magazine Q.
  • // 2003 To 2010
    He could not revive his old popularity even in the new millennium. Some of his recent albums include: ‘North’ (2003), ‘The River in Reverse’ (2006), and ‘National Ransom’ (2010).
  • // 2003
    In 2003, he married musician Diana Krall. He has twin sons with her.
  • // 2003
    He, along with his band The Attractions, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003.

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Elvis Costello's FAQ

  • What is Elvis Costello birthday?

    Elvis Costello was born at 1954-08-25

  • Where is Elvis Costello's birth place?

    Elvis Costello was born in Paddington, London, England

  • What is Elvis Costello nationalities?

    Elvis Costello's nationalities is British

  • Who is Elvis Costello spouses?

    Elvis Costello's spouses is Diana Krall

  • Who is Elvis Costello childrens?

    Elvis Costello's childrens is Dexter Henry Lorcan, Frank Harlan James, Matthew

  • What was Elvis Costello universities?

    Elvis Costello studied at Hounslow Secondary Modern School, St Mark's Catholic Secondary School

  • What is Elvis Costello's religion?

    Elvis Costello's religion is Roman Catholic

  • How tall is Elvis Costello?

    Elvis Costello's height is 178

  • Who is Elvis Costello's father?

    Elvis Costello's father is Ross McManus

  • Who is Elvis Costello's mother?

    Elvis Costello's mother is Lilian Alda

  • What is Elvis Costello's sun sign?

    Elvis Costello is Virgo