Biography

Elvis Costello (born Declan Patrick MacManus; 25 August 1954) is an English singer-songwriter. He began his career as part of London's pub rock scene in the early 1970s and later became associated with the first wave of the British punk & new wave movement of the mid-to-late 1970s. His critically acclaimed debut album, My Aim Is True, was recorded in 1976. Shortly after recording his first album he formed The Attractions as his backing band. His second album, This Year's Model, was released in 1978, and was ranked number 11 by Rolling Stone on its list of the best albums of the period 1967-1987. Costello and The Attractions toured and recorded together for the better 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".

Costello has won multiple awards in his career, including a Grammy Award, and has twice been nominated for the Brit Award for Best British Male. In 2003, Costello and The Attractions were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked Costello number 80 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

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Elvis Costello News

Elvis Costello defends decision to perform anti-Thatcher song live

Elvis Costello defends decision to perform anti-Thatcher song live

Costello sang 'Tramp The Dirt Down' at Glastonbury last month

  • Jul 13, 2013

Elvis Costello announces mammoth 2013 UK tour – ticket details

Veteran singer songwriter will undertake a 16-date tour next summer

  • Aug 13, 2012

Elvis Costello tells fans not to buy his new boxset

He says 'The Return Of The Spectacular Spinning Songbook' is overpriced

  • Nov 29, 2011

Elvis Costello announces plans to bring his 'Revolver Tour' to the UK - ticket details

Singer-songwriter also lines up limited live box set in conjunction with 13 date jaunt

  • Oct 24, 2011

Elvis Costello reveals new album title, release date and artwork

'National Ransom' is due out on October 25

  • Aug 12, 2010

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