Elvis Costello

Elvis Costello

Active - 1977 - 2019  |   Born - Aug 25, 1954 in Paddington, London, England  |   Genres - Music, Comedy, Drama

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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.

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  • 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.