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Elvis Costello
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Elvis Costello at a promotional performance in the Summer of 2006.
Background information
Birth name Declan Patrick MacManus
Born August 25, 1954 (1954-08-25) (ageĀ 67)
London, England
Genres Rock
Pub rock
Punk rock
New Wave
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1977 - present
Labels Stiff, Radar, F-Beat, Demon, Columbia, Warner Bros., Deutsche Grammophon, Lost Highway
Associated acts The Attractions, The Imposters, Burt Bacharach, Allen Toussaint

Elvis Costello (born Declan Patrick MacManus, 25 August 1954) is an English singer and songwriter. He was born in London. He was an important musician in the late 1970s punk rock and new wave music styles. In the 1980s, he played an original style of rock and roll. Later he wrote and performed music in a number of different styles from classical to jazz.

Costello has won multiple awards in his career. These include a Grammy Award. He has twice been nominated for the Brit Award for Best British Male. In 2003, Elvis Costello & 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.

After two earlier marriages he married jazz pianist Diana Krall in 2003.


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Elvis Costello during his brief time as a guitarist, 1979.

Costello appeared with his friend Burt Bacharach in the 1999 Austin Powers movie. They played "I'll Never Fall In Love Again" during the scene where Mike Myers danced with Heather Graham.

In 2010, Elvis Costello appeared as himself in David Simon's television series, Treme.

In 2011, Elvis Costello appeared as himself on Sesame Street. He did a song with Elmo and Cookie Monster, titled "Monster Went and Ate My Red 2", a play on "(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes".

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