Elvis Costello

D.O.B: Aug 25, 1954 |

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Referencing prodigies of rock lyricism may not bring Elvis Costello to mind for some, but he does deserve consideration. Through the course of over four decades, the former computer programmer has established a career as a singer-songwriter to give Bob Dylan himself a reckoning.

Biography

Referencing prodigies of rock lyricism may not bring Elvis Costello to mind for some, but he does deserve consideration. Through the course of over four decades, the former computer programmer has established a career as a singer-songwriter to give Bob Dylan himself a reckoning. He was born Declan MacManus in London, England, on August 25, 1954. He took the moniker Elvis Costello in 1977, adopting the first name from Elvis Presley and the last part from the maiden name of his mother. Also in 77, Costellos debut album My Aim Is True was released, drawing connections to the new wave and punk movement as well as showing musical variance. That year, Costellos band The Attractions was assembled. A number of albums was released by the group, including This Years Model, Armed Forces, and Trust. 1986s Blood and Chocolate produced memorable, literate gems such as Tokyo Storm Warning and I Want You. After the Attractions last show in 1996 due to conflict between Costello and the bands bassist Bruce Thomas, two of the groups other members would become part of his new backing band, The Imposters. Costello has released over 30 albums.