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Elvis Costello Biography

Birth Name:
Declan Patrick MacManus
Birth Place:
Paddington, London, England
Rock singer, actor

Fast Facts

  • 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


  • 2003Oscar-Best Achievement in Music (Original Song): nominated