Elvis Costello

Singer-Songwriter Elvis Costello
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Full Name: Declan Patrick McManus
Profession: Singer-Songwriter


Biography: The son of jazz trumpeter and pop singer Ross McManus, Elvis Costello burst onto the music scene in 1977 with his album "My Aim Is True". Since then he has proven to be a prolific and versatile songwriter and performer. Among the more than thirty albums he has released, there are collaborations with his bands The Attractions, and The Imposters; New Orleans icon Allen Toussaint; pop legends Burt Bacharach, Paul McCartney, and Roy Orbison; country artists George Jones, and Lucinda Williams; hip-hop group The Roots; operatic soprano Anne Sofie von Otter, classical ensemble The Brodsky Quartet; and jazz figures Chet Baker, Tony Bennett, and Bill Frisell.

He has won multiple Grammy Awards, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003.

He has been married to jazz pianist and singer Dianna Krall since 2003, with whom he has twin sons. He splits his time between England and British Columbia, Canada

Born: August 25, 1954
Birthplace: Paddington, London, England, United Kingdom
Age: 68 years old

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Horse
Star Sign: Virgo

Married Life

  • 2003-12-06 British rock singer-songwriter Elvis Costello (49) weds Canadian jazz pianist-singer Dianna Krall (39) at rock icon Elton John's estate outside of London, England

Historical Events

  • 1977-03-26 Elvis Costello releases his 1st record "Less Than Zero"
  • 1977-12-17 Elvis Costello & The Attractions 1st US TV appearance on "Saturday Night Live"
  • 1987-06-19 Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, England opens: Elvis Costello, and Van Morrison headline; other performers include: New Order, The Robert Cray Band, Los Lobos, Ben E. King, Taj Mahal, Richard Thompson, Courtney Pine, Hüsker Dü, The Woodentops, The Mighty Lemon Drops, Michelle Shocked, and World Party
  • 1987-09-30 Roy Orbison and friends (including James Burton; Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Tom Waits, and k.d. lang) film performance at the Ambassador Hotel's Coconut Grove nightclub in Los Angeles, California for Cinemax
  • 1988-01-03 Roy Orbison and Friends: A Black and White Night premieres on Cinemax; concert performance includes James Burton; Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Tom Waits, and k.d. lang)
  • 1989-06-05 Paul McCartney releases "Flowers in the Dirt", his eighth solo studio album, featuring the Elvis Costello collaboration "My Brave Face"
  • 1989-06-16 Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, England opens: Elvis Costello, Van Morrison, and Suzanne Vega headline; other performers include: Bhundu Boys, Fairground Attraction, Hothouse Flowers, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, Mahlathini and the Mahotella Queens, Yossou N'Dour, Pixies, The Proclaimers, Throwing Muses, The Waterboys, Lucinda Williams, Womack & Womack, and Flaco Jiménez
  • 1994-04-15 Jazz singer Tony Bennett records a session for "MTV's Unplugged" series at Sony Studios, NYC, featuring the Ralph Sharon trio, and guest appearances by Elvis Costello, and k.d.lang; album release wins 2 Grammy Awards
  • 1994-06-24 Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, England opens: Levellers, Elvis Costello, and Peter Gabriel headline; other performers include Spin Doctors, Johnny Cash, Meshell Ndegeocello, Dwight Yoakam, Lucky Dube, Oasis, and Iris Dement
  • 1998-09-29 Mercury Records releases Elvis Costello and Burt Bacharach's collaborative album "Painted from Memory"
  • 2003-03-10 18th Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: AC/DC; The Clash; Elvis Costello and the Attractions; The Police; The Righteous Brothers; Benny Benjamin; Floyd Cramer; Steve Douglas; and Mo Ostin
  • 2005-06-24 Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, England opens: The White Stripes, and Coldplay headline; other performers include The Kaiser Chiefs, Taj Mahal, Brian Wilson, Van Morrison, Elvis Costello, and Primal Scream
  • 2009-10-06 Manhattan Records releases "The List", the twelfth studio album by singer Rosanne Cash, with song selections culled from a list of 100 titles that her father compiled and gave her when she decided to pursue a career in music.; the album features guest appearances by Bruce Springsteen, Jeff Tweedy, Elvis Costello, and Rufus Wainwright
  • 2013-06-26 Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, England opens: Arctic Monkeys, The Rolling Stones, and Mumford and Sons headline; other performers include Elvis Costello, Vampire Weekend, The Lumineers, Billy Bragg, Kenny Rogers, and Rufus Wainwright