Elvis Costello

  • Birth Name: Declan Patrick MacManus
  • Birth Place: Paddington, London, England
  • Profession: Rock singer, Actor
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  • Bought his first record "Please Please Me" by The Beatles, aged 9.
  • For his stage name took "Elvis" from Elvis Presley and "Costello" from his paternal great-grandmother's maiden name.
  • Made his recording debut in 1977 with My Aim Is True, featuring the classic "Alison."
  • Produced ska icons The Specials' self-titled debut album, a huge UK hit in 1979.
  • Has appeared in numerous films, including a duet with Burt Bacharach on "I'll Never Fall in Love Again" in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999).
  • Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, along with his band The Attractions, by Elton John in 2003.
  • Has collaborated with a diverse assortment of singers, including Bacharach, George Jones, Paul McCartney, jazz guitarist Bill Frisell and the classical ensemble Brodsky Quartet.
  • Is an advisor on the Board of Directors of the Jazz Foundation of America.


  • 2003, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Song): Nominee
  • 1998, Grammy — Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals: Winner


  • Ronald MacManus — Father
  • Ronan MacManus — Half Brother
  • Liam MacManus — Half Brother
  • Mary Burgoyne — Ex-wife
  • Ruari MacManus — Half Brother
  • Molly Josephine Veronica — Grandmother
  • Lilian MacManus — Mother
  • Frank Harlan James — Son
  • Cait O'Riordan — Ex-wife
  • Kieran MacManus — Half Brother
  • Bebe Buell — Ex-significant Other
  • Matthew MacManus — Son
  • Diana Krall — Wife
  • Dexter Henry Lorcan — Son