Elvis Costello at a promotional performance in the Summer of 2006.
|Birth name||Declan Patrick MacManus|
|Born||August 25, 1954
|Years active||1977 - present|
|Labels||Stiff, Radar, F-Beat, Demon, Columbia, Warner Bros., Deutsche Grammophon, Lost Highway|
|Associated acts||The Attractions, The Imposters, Burt Bacharach, Allen Toussaint|
Elvis Costello (born Declan Patrick MacManus, 25 August 1954) is a English singer and songwriter. He was born in London. He was an important musician in the late 1970s punk rock and new wave music styles. In the 1980s, he played an original style of rock and roll. Later he wrote and performed music in a number of different styles from classical to jazz.
Costello has won multiple awards in his career. These include a Grammy Award. He has twice been nominated for the Brit Award for Best British Male. In 2003, Elvis Costello & the Attractions were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked Costello number 80 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.
Acting[change | edit source]
Costello appeared with good friend Burt Bacharach in the 1999 Austin Powers movie The Spy Who Shagged Me. They played I'll Never Fall In Love Again during the scene where Mike Myers danced with Heather Graham.
Discography[change | edit source]
Studio albums by Elvis Costello (includes albums released with the Attractions and the Imposters):
- My Aim Is True (1977)
- This Year's Model (1978)
- Armed Forces (1979)
- Get Happy!! (1980)
- Trust (1981)
- Almost Blue (1981)
- Imperial Bedroom (1982)
- Punch the Clock (1983)
- Goodbye Cruel World (1984)
- King of America (1986)
- Blood & Chocolate (1986)
- Spike (1989)
- Mighty Like a Rose (1991)
- The Juliet Letters (1993)
- Brutal Youth (1994)
- Kojak Variety (1995)
- All This Useless Beauty (1996)
- When I Was Cruel (2002)
- North (2003)
- The Delivery Man (2004)
- Momofuku (2008)
- Secret, Profane & Sugarcane (2009)
- National Ransom (2010)
Costello has also released studio albums in collaboration with Richard Harvey, John Harle, Burt Bacharach, Anne Sofie Von Otter, Bill Frisell, Marian McPartland and Allen Toussaint, as well as five live albums: Live at the El Mocambo, Deep Dead Blue, Costello & Nieve, My Flame Burns Blue, and Live at Hollywood High. There have also been many compilations, box sets, and reissues by labels such as Rykodisc, Demon, Rhino, and Universal Music Enterprises.
References[change | edit source]
- "Elvis Costello at NNDB". Nndb.com. http://www.nndb.com/people/509/000024437/. Retrieved 30 July 2011.
- Masley, Ed (18 October 2002). "The Best of Elvis Costello". post-gazette.com. http://www.post-gazette.com/ae/20021018elvisrecp1.asp. Retrieved 30 July 2011.
- "Elvis Costello". Encyclopædia Britannica. 25 August 1954. http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/139589/Elvis-Costello. Retrieved 30 July 2011.
- Elvis Costello BRITS Profile BRIT Awards Ltd
- Elvis Costello and the Attractions Rockhall.com.
- 100 Greatest Artists: Elvis Costello Rolling Stone.
- Susman, Gary (10 December 2003). "Get Happy Elvis Costello marries Diana Krall. The singers wed in at Elton John's castle in England on Saturday". Entertainment Weekly. http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,559324,00.html. Retrieved 8 March 2011.
- "Elvis Costello, Steve Earle to Guest on David Simon’s "Treme"". twentyfourbit. 18 January 2010. http://www.twentyfourbit.com/post/341384296/elvis-costello-steve-earle-to-guest-on-david-simons.