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Elvis Costello

Also known as

Declan Patrick MacManus, Elvis Costello, elvis_costello, D.P. Costello, Costello Show, The

Musical genres

Rock music, Pub rock, New Wave, Punk rock, 20th century classical music, Country, Hard rock

Elvis Costello (born Declan Patrick MacManus, 25 August 1954) is an English singer-songwriter. He came to prominence as an early participant in London's pub rock scene in the mid-1970s and later became associated with the punk/New Wave genre. Steeped in word play, 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 encyclopedia", able to "reinvent the past in his own image".
Costello was born Declan Patrick MacManus in St Mary's Hospital, London, the son of Lilian Alda (née Ablett, b. 1927, Liverpool) and Ross MacManus (1927–2011), a musician and bandleader. He is of Irish heritage. Costello lived in Twickenham, attending Hounslow Secondary Modern School, which is now St Mark's Catholic Secondary School, in neighbouring Hounslow. With a musically inclined father (who was a jazz trumpeter and sang with The Joe Loss Orchestra), Costello's first broadcast recording was alongside his dad in a television commercial for R. White's Lemonade (I'm a Secret Lemonade Drinker). His father wrote and sang the song; Costello provided backing vocals. The advertisement won a silver award at

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  • Elvis Costello & The Imposters
  • Elvis Costello & Bill Frisell
  • Elvis Costello & Allen Toussaint
  • Elvis Costello with Burt Bacharach
  • Elvis Costello and the Brodsky Quartet
  • Elvis Costello & Jerry Garcia
  • Anne Sofie von Otter & Elvis Costello
  • Elvis Costello, Burt Bacharach & Bill Frisell
  • Elvis Costello & The Attractions
  • Elvis Costello & Nick Lowe
  • Elvis Costello & Mary Coughlan
  • Marian McPartland & Elvis Costello
  • Elvis Costello & Steve Nieve
  • The Coward Brothers
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    Get Happy! (1980)
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