An influential figure in new wave rock, Elvis Costello also occasionally appeared in a few feature films such as Alan Cox's bizarre Straight to Hell. Costello has also appeared in concert in documentary films.
Biography by Sandra Brennan
- Bought his first record "Please Please Me" by The Beatles, aged 9.
- For his stage name took "Elvis" from Elvis Presley and "Costello" from his paternal great-grandmother's maiden name.
- Made his recording debut in 1977 with My Aim Is True, featuring the classic "Alison."
- Produced ska icons The Specials' self-titled debut album, a huge UK hit in 1979.
- Has appeared in numerous films, including a duet with Burt Bacharach on "I'll Never Fall in Love Again" in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999).
- Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, along with his band The Attractions, by Elton John in 2003.
- Has collaborated with a diverse assortment of singers, including Bacharach, George Jones, Paul McCartney, jazz guitarist Bill Frisell and the classical ensemble Brodsky Quartet.
- Is an advisor on the Board of Directors of the Jazz Foundation of America.