Elvis Costello
Elvis Costello

Elvis Costello

About Elvis Costello

In the mid-’70s, singer-songwriter Elvis Costello did data entry at a makeup company, while performing in London pubs and trying to land a record deal.

My Aim Is True, his 1977 album recorded with producer Nick Lowe, has been acclaimed as one of pop music’s most impressive debuts.
∙ Costello was famously banned from Saturday Night Live after performing “Radio Radio” against the wishes of producer Lorne Michaels.
This Year’s Model, his first album backed by The Attractions, includes the hits “No Action,” “Pump It Up,” and “(I Don't Want to Go to) Chelsea.”
∙ Over the years, he and Paul McCartney have written more than 15 songs together, including Costello’s biggest US hit, 1989’s “Veronica.”
∙ T Bone Burnett and Costello were nominated for a Grammy Award and an Oscar for Cold Mountain’s “Scarlet Tide,” performed by Alison Krauss.
∙ He has scored two ballets, composed several orchestral pieces, and collaborated Allen Toussaint, The Roots, Brodsky Quartet, and Burt Bacharach.
Rolling Stone ranked him No. 80 on their 100 Greatest Artists list.
∙ In 2003, Elvis Costello & The Attractions were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and he became an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2019.

    Paddington, London, England
  • BORN
    August 25, 1954

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