Elvis Costello

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Born as Declan Patrick MacManus, August the 25th 1954, known as an English singer-songwriter, but is entirely so much more.

Costello has been an important part of Punk and New Wave, a major player in the Pub Rock movement, an influence over Indie, and is respected by countless musicians, there is even a touch of Jazz about some of his work.

Elvis Costello has also been prolifically involved in film and TV.


He began his career as part of London's Pub Rock scene in the early '70s and later became associated with the first wave of UK Punk and New Wave.

His critically acclaimed debut album, My Aim Is True, was recorded in 1977. Shortly after recording it he formed the Attractions as his backing band.

His second album, This Year's Model, was released in 1978, and was highly critically acclaimed as well as being loved by the music fans of the time.

His third album, Armed Forces, was released in 1979, and features the all time classic single "Oliver's Army". His first three albums all appeared on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

Costello and the Attractions toured and recorded together for the best part of a decade, though differences between them caused a split by 1986. Much of Costello's work since has been as a solo artist, though reunions with members of the Attractions have been credited to the group over the years.

Steeped in wordplay, the vocabulary of Costello's lyrics is broader than that of most popular songs. His music has drawn on many diverse genres; one critic described him as a "pop encyclopaedia", able to "reinvent the past in his own image".

He has won multiple awards throughout his career, including a Grammy Award, and has twice been nominated for the Brit Award for Best British Male.

On to 2003, and Elvis Costello and the Attractions were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 2004 saw Rolling Stone magazine rank Costello number 80 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.


Studio Albums List

  1. My Aim Is True (1977)
  2. This Year's Model (1978)
  3. Armed Forces (1978)
  4. Get Happy!! (1980)
  5. Trust (1981)
  6. Almost Blue (1981)
  7. Imperial Bedroom (1982)
  8. Punch the Clock (1983)
  9. Goodbye Cruel World (1984)
  10. King of America (1986)
  11. Blood & Chocolate (1986)
  12. Spike (1989)
  13. Mighty Like a Rose (1991)
  14. The Juliet Letters (1993)
  15. Brutal Youth (1994)
  16. Kojak Variety (1995)
  17. All This Useless Beauty (1996)
  18. When I Was Cruel (2002)
  19. North (2003)
  20. Il Sogno (2004)
  21. The Delivery Man (2004)
  22. Momofuku (2008)
  23. Secret, Profane & Sugarcane (2009)
  24. National Ransom (2010)


  1. G.B.H. (1991, with Richard Harvey)
  2. Jake's Progress (1995, with Richard Harvey)
  3. Painted from Memory (1998, with Burt Bacharach)
  4. Piano Jazz (2005, with Marian McPartland)
  5. The River in Reverse (2006, with Allen Toussaint)
  6. Wise Up Ghost (2013, with the Roots)

He has released albums in collaboration with;-

  • Richard Harvey
  • John Harle
  • the Brodsky Quartet
  • Burt Bacharach
  • Anne Sofie Von Otter
  • Bill Frisell
  • Marian McPartland
  • Allen Toussaint, and The Roots

Live Albums List

  1. Live at the El Mocambo
  2. Deep Dead Blue
  3. Costello & Nieve
  4. My Flame Burns Blue
  5. Live at Hollywood High
  6. "The Return of the Spectacular Spinning Songbook"

External Links


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