Elvis Costello

Elvis Costello


Elvis Costello is an English musician, singer, songwriter, composer, record producer, author, television presenter, born on 25 August 1954, In London, England.

Family Background:

He is the son of Ross McManus and Lilian Alda. His father was a musician who had worked with the Joe Loss Orchestra.

Personal Life:

In 1974, He married Mary Burgoyne. They had one son. Their marriage ended with divorce. In 1986, He married bassist Cait O’Riordan, They separated in 2002. In 2003, He married a musician, Diana Krall. He has twin sons with her.


He had attended the Hounslow Secondary Modern School. Later He had enrolled at St. Francis Xavier’s College and completing his education.


In 1974, He had formed ‘Flip City’, along with aspirating musicians Mich Kent and Malcolm Dennis. The band could not do well and had been disbanded the very next year. He had spent his free time writing songs and recording demo tapes to send to record companies but with little success. He had sent a demo tape to independent label Stiff Records in 1976 after reading an ad calling demo tapes. Stiff Records’ Nick Lowe loved the promising singer’s music and signed a contract with him, which had been during this time that he adopted his stage name, Elvis Costello. His debut album, ‘My Aim is True’ had been released in 1977. The album was a commercial success. In late 1977, He established his own backing band The Attractions with Steve Nieve, Bruce Thomas, and Pete Thomas. His 1978 album, ‘This Year’s Model’ had been the first one with this band. his 1980 album, ‘Get Happy!’ highlighted a sound different from its ancestors and had components of R&B and soul music. His 1989 album, ‘Spike’ did considerably safer than many of his earlier ones. It had been also the first one he released with Warner Brothers. The album went Gold in both the U.K. and the U.S. He could not recover his old popularity even in the new happiness. Some of his recent albums include: ‘North’ in 2003, ‘The River in Reverse’ in 2006, and ‘National Ransom’ in 2010.

Elvis Costello

Unknown Facts:

  • Declan Patrick MacManus is his real name.
  • He is called “Angry Young Man”.
  • He is a funny person.

Master Stroke:

  • His first album named ‘My Aim is True’ released in 1977 had been a big hit, which had been regarded 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.

Awards and Achievements:

  • In 2001-2002, He won two Q Merit Awards at the U.K’s annual music awards presented by the music magazine Q.

What can we learn from him??

Like Elvis Costello, Focus on your life goal. Never think about useless things.

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