Biographic by Steve McGarry for October 08, 2006
Elvis Costello Elvis Costello was born Declan Patrick McManus in London on August 25, 1954, the son of a dance band singer even in his teens, he was a prolific songwriter, in 1974, he formed the band Flip City, billing himself as D.P. Costello, while working at a variety of jobs, including working at a variety of jobs, including data operator in a cosmetics factory. A demo tape of his songs earned him a solo contract with newly formed U.K. label Stiff Records in 1976, and in the defiant spirit of the times he became Elvis Costello. His first album "My Aim is True" was released to tremendous critical acclaim in 1977, sweeping Costello to fame, and into the U.S. top 40, as the spearhead of "New Wave" music. The fire and venom of his songs marked him as the "Angry Young Man" of rock... but over the nex few years, as his output spanned everything from pop to soul to country to jazz, Elvis established himself as one of the most gifted and versatile songwriters and performers of his generation. He has gone on to score movie Soundtracks, write and perform classical music, and produce artists such as The Pogues and Madness, he was sth first artist to write songs in partnership with Paul McCartney since John Lennon, a collaboration that he followed by teaming up with Burt Bacharach, he has even found time for cameo roles in sitcoms and movies such as "Austin Powers: The Spy who shagged me" and "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby"