Elvis Costello Biography (1954-)

Original name, Declan Patrick McManus (some sources spell the surname MacManus); name legally changed to Elvis Costello, 1977, then to Declan Patrick Aloysius McManus, 1986; born August 24, 1954, in London, England; son of Ross (abandleader and musician) and Mary (maiden name, Costello) McManus; married Mary, 1974 (divorced, c. 1985); married Caitlin O'Rioran (a musician and actress), May 16, 1986 (divorced, 2002); married Diana Krall (a musician), December6, 2003; children: (first marriage) Matthew. Addresses: Agent: Tony Goldring, William Morris Agency, 151 El Camino Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90212.

Nationality
British
Gender
Male
Occupation
Musician, songwriter, composer, actor
Birth Details
August 24, 1954
London, United Kingdom

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Film Appearances
  • Earl of Manchester, Americathon, United Artists, 1979
  • Himself, Concert for Kampuchea, Miramax, 1980
  • Himself, Fundamental Frolics, 1981
  • Rosco de Ville, No Surrender, 1985
  • Hives the Butler, Straight to Hell, Island, 1987
  • Himself, Weird Nightmare, 1993
  • Himself, Spice World, Columbia/Sony Pictures Entertainment, 1997
  • Himself, Robert Wyatt: Little Red Robin Hood (documentary), 1998
  • Himself, 200 Cigarettes, Paramount, 1999
  • Himself, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (also known as Austin Powers 2: The Spy Who Shagged Me), Buena Vista, 1999
  • Mayor of the Sunset Strip, First Look Pictures Releasing, 2000
  • Himself, Sans plomb (also known as Unleaded), Mongrel Media, 2000
  • Public defender and teacher, Prison Song, New Line Cinema, 2001
  • Himself (in archive footage), If I Should Fall from Grace: The Shane MacGowan Story (documentary), Buena Vista International, 2001
  • Himself, Freedom Highway: Songs That Shaped a Century (also knownas Freedom Highway), Filmove Studio Barrandov, 2001
  • Himself, I Love Your Work, Cyan Pictures/Departure Entertainment/Muse Productions/Rice-Walters Productions, 2003
  • De Lovely, United Artists, 2004
  • Film Work
  • Song Performer
  • (With the Attractions) "Accidents Will Happen," E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Universal, 1982
  • "Days," Bis ans Ende der Welt (also known as Until the End of the World and Jusqu'au bout du monde), 1991
  • "Alison," Metroland, Lions Gate Films, 1997
  • (With the Attractions) "My Mood Swings," The Big Lebowski, Gramercy, 1998
  • "I Throw My Toys Around," The Rugrats Movie (animated), Paramount,1998
  • "Mystery Dance," Zero Effect, Columbia/Sony Pictures Entertainment, 1998
  • "She," Notting Hill, MCA/Universal, 1999
  • "I Want You," I Want You (also known as Beloved), Gramercy,1999
  • "You Stole My Bell," The Family Man, Universal, 2000
  • "Welcome to the Working Week," Loser, Sony Pictures Releasing, 2000
  • (With the Attractions) "Watching the Detectives," When Brendan Met Trudy, Shooting Gallery, 2001
  • (With the Attractions) The Shape of Things, Focus Features, 2003
  • Just One of Those Things, 2003
  • Television Appearances
  • Specials
  • Live Aid, 1985
  • (In archive footage) Rolling Stone Presents Twenty Years of Rock &Roll (also known as Rolling Stone: The First Twenty Years), 1987
  • Roy Orbison & Friends: A Black & White Night, Cinemax, 1988
  • Paul McCartney: Put It There (also known as Put It There),Showtime, 1989
  • Late Night with David Letterman Eighth Anniversary Special, NBC, 1990
  • The Best of the Cinemax Sessions, Cinemax, 1990
  • The 25th Montreaux Music Festival, The Disney Channel, 1992
  • The Juliet Letters, PBS, 1993
  • Irish in America ... A Musical Migration, The Disney Channel, 1994
  • Unplugged: Tony Bennett, 1994
  • The Music of Kurt Weill: September Songs (also known as September Songs: The Music of Kurt Weill), PBS, 1995
  • Burt Bacharach: This Is Now, PBS, 1997
  • Bacharach: One Amazing Night, TNT, 1998
  • Brian Wilson: Imagination, PBS, 1998
  • Endless Harmony: The Beach Boys and Their Music, VH1, 1998
  • Saturday Night Live: 25th Anniversary Primetime Special, NBC, 1999
  • Woodstock 99, Fox, 1999
  • A History of Britain, History Channel, 2001
  • (In archive footage) The 100 Greatest TV Ads, Channel 4 (England),2000
  • The Irish Gala, PBS, 2001
  • Interviewee, The 100 Greatest Albums of Rock & Roll, VH1, 2001
  • There's Only One Paul McCartney, BBC (England), 2002
  • Willie Nelson & Friends: Live and Kickin', USA Network, 2003
  • Miniseries
  • Himself, The History of Rock 'N' Roll, Volume 9 (also known as Punk), syndicated, 1995
  • The Irish in America: Long Journey Home, 1998
  • Episodic
  • (With the Attractions) So It Goes, 1977
  • Saturday Night Live, multiple appearances, 1977-1991
  • Top of the Pops, multiple appearances, 1977-1999
  • The Midnight Special, 1979
  • (With the Attractions) The Kenny Everett Video Show, 1979, 1980
  • (With the Attractions) Multicoloured Swap Shop, multiple appearances, 1979-1980
  • (With the Attractions) Tiswas, 1980
  • (With the Attractions) Jim'll Fix It, 1981
  • (With the Attractions) The Russell Harty Show, 1981
  • "Elvis Costello," The South Bank Show, 1981
  • Stone deaf A & R man, "The Bullshitters: Roll out the Gunbarrel," The Comic Strip Presents, 1984
  • Guest, Late Night with David Letterman, 1989
  • MTV Unplugged, MTV, 1989, 1991, 1994
  • ABC in Concert, ABC, 1991
  • Himself, "People's Choice," The Larry Sanders Show, HBO, 1994
  • Guest, Late Show with David Letterman, CBS, multiple appearances,beginning 1994
  • Guest, Have I Got News for You, 1996
  • Himself, "Everybody Loves Larry," The Larry Sanders Show, HBO, 1996
  • Guest, Clive Anderson All Talk, 1997
  • Sessions at West 54th, PBS, 1997
  • Voice, "All Aboard the Cat Bus," Comedy Lab, 1999
  • Guest, TFI Friday, Channel 4 (England), 1999
  • Guest, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, NBC, 1999, 2002, 2003
  • "Atlantic Crossing," Walk On By: The Story of Popular Song, 2001
  • Himself, "The Thing That Wouldn't Die: Parts 1 & 2," 3rd Rock fromthe Sun, NBC, 2001
  • Guest, The South Bank Show, 2001
  • Guest, Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, BBC (England), 2002
  • Voice, "How I Spent My Strummer Vacation," The Simpsons (animated), Fox, 2002
  • Guest host, Late Show with David Letterman, CBS, 2003
  • Ben, "Farewell, Nervosa," Frasier, NBC, 2003
  • Guest, The Frank Skinner Show, ITV (England), 2003
  • Guest, Die Harald Schmidt Show, [Germany], 2003
  • Also appeared in CMT Crossroads, CMT; Popular Song: Soundtrackof the Century, Bravo; and Storytellers, VH1.
  • Awards Presentations
  • The 39th Grammy Awards, CBS, 1997
  • The 26th Annual American Music Awards, ABC, 1999
  • Presenter, The 45th Annual Grammy Awards, CBS, 2003
  • The 2003 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony, VH1, 2003
  • Television Work
  • Pilots
  • Creator and executive producer, The Archangels, The WB, 2001
  • Specials
  • Theme song performer, The Long Journey Home, 1987
  • RECORDINGS
  • Albums
  • My Aim Is True, Columbia, 1977
  • (With the Attractions) This Year's Model, Columbia, 1978
  • (With the Attractions) Live at El Mocambo, Columbia, 1978
  • (With the Attractions) Armed Forces, Columbia, 1978
  • (With the Attractions) Get Happy, Columbia, 1979
  • (With the Attractions) Taking Liberties, Columbia, 1980
  • Ten Bloody Marys & Ten How's Your Fathers, F Beat, 1980
  • (With the Attractions) Trust, Columbia, 1981
  • (With the Attractions) Almost Blue, Columbia, 1981
  • (With the Attractions) Imperial Bedroom, Columbia, 1982
  • (With the Attractions) Punch the Clock, Columbia, 1983
  • (With the Attractions) Goodbye Cruel World, Columbia, 1984
  • The Best of Elvis Costello, Telstar, 1985
  • The Best of Elvis Costello and the Attractions, Columbia, 1985
  • (With the Confederates) King of America, Columbia, 1986
  • (With the Attractions) Blood and Chocolate, Columbia, 1986
  • The Man: The Best of Elvis Costello, Demon, 1986
  • Out of Our Idiot, Demon, 1987
  • The Costello Show, Demon, 1987
  • The Courier (film score), 1988
  • Girls, Girls, Girls, Columbia, 1989
  • Spike, Warner Bros., 1988
  • Mighty Like a Rose, Warner Bros., 1991
  • (With Richard Harvey) G.B.H.: Original Music from the Channel Four Series, Demon, 1991
  • 2 1/2 Years, four-volume set, Rykodisc, 1993
  • (With the Brodsky Quartet) The Juliet Letters, Warner Bros., 1993
  • (With Steve Nieve, Pete Thomas, Bruce Thomas, and Nick Lowe) Brutal Youth, Warner Bros., 1994
  • G.B.H., Rykodisc, 1994
  • The Very Best of Elvis Costello and the Attractions, Rykodisc, 1994
  • Deep Dead Blue, Live at Meltdown, Nonesuch, 1995
  • Jake's Progress, Demon, 1995
  • Kojack Variety, Warner Bros., 1995
  • Original Music from Channel 4 Series, Demon, 1996
  • All This Useless Beauty, Warner Bros., 1996
  • Costello and Nieve, Warner Bros., 1996
  • Terror & Magnificence, PolyGram, 1997
  • Extreme Honey: The Very Best of the Warner Bros. Years, Warner Bros., 1997
  • (With Burt Bacharach; includes "I Still Have That Other Girl") Paintedfrom Memory, Mercury, 1998
  • The Sweetest Punch: The Songs of Elvis Costello, Polygram, 1999
  • Best of Elvis Costello, Polygram International, 1999
  • (With Anne Sofie von Otter) For the Stars, Deutsche Grammophon, 2001
  • When I Was Cruel, Island, 2002
  • North, 2003
  • Recorded numerous videos, including Veronica
  • WRITINGS
  • Film Composer
  • (As Declan McManus) The Courier, 1988
  • End title music, Family, 1994
  • Songs Featured in Films
  • "Crawling to the USA," Americathon, United Artists, 1979
  • "Accidents Will Happen," E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Universal, 1982
  • "Party Girl" (theme song), Party, Party, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1982
  • "Seven Day Weekend," Club Paradise, 1986
  • "Almost Blue," Let's Get Lost, 1988
  • "Miracle Man," The Godfather: Part III (also known as Mario Puzo's The Godfather: Part III), 1990
  • "Days," Bis ans Ende der Welt (also known as Until the End of the World and Jusqu'au bout du monde), 1991
  • "Pump It Up," PCU, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1994
  • "Almost Blues," Georgia, Miramax, 1995
  • (With Burt Bacharach) "God Give Me Strength," Grace of My Heart, 1996
  • "Alison," Metroland, Lions Gate Films, 1997
  • "My Mood Swings," The Big Lebowski, Gramercy, 1998
  • "I Throw My Toys Around," The Rugrats Movie (animated), Paramount,1998
  • Zero Effect, Columbia/Sony Pictures Entertainment, 1998
  • "Everyday I Write the Book," The Wedding Singer, New Line Cinema,1998
  • "Oliver's Army," 200 Cigarettes, Paramount, 1999
  • "I Want You," I Want You (also known as Beloved), Gramercy,1999
  • "Shipbuilding," High Fidelity, Buena Vista, 2000
  • Sans plomb (also known as Unleaded), Mongrel Media, 2000
  • "You Stole My Bell," The Family Man, Universal, 2000
  • "Welcome to the Working Week," Loser, Sony Pictures Releasing, 2000
  • "Watching the Detectives," When Brendan Met Trudy, Shooting Gallery, 2001
  • The Shape of Things, Focus Features, 2003
  • Just One of Those Things, 2003
  • Some of these songs have also been featured in other films.
  • Television Composer
  • Miniseries
  • (With others) G.B.H., 1991
  • Jake's Progress, Channel 4 (England), 1995
  • (With others) Oliver Twist, PBS, 1999
  • Series
  • Scully, 1984
  • "Let Them All Talk" (theme song), Clive Anderson All Talk, 1996
  • Television Songs
  • Specials
  • Theme song, The Long Journey Home, 1987
  • The Juliet Letters, PBS, 1993
  • "My Dark Life," More Secrets of the X-Files, Fox, 1996
  • Television Pilots
  • Writer and song composer, The Archangels, The WB, 2001
  • Books
  • A Singing Dictionary (lyrics and sheet music), Plangent Visions, 1980
  • Everyday I Write the Song (Grumbling Appendix to the Singing Dictionary), Plangent Visions, 1983

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Books
    • Clayton-Lea, Tony, Elvis Costello: A Biography, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1999
    • Contemporary Musicians, Volume 40, Gale, 2003
    • Geoff, Parkyn, Elvis Costello: The Illustrated Disco/Biography, Omnibus Press, 1984
    • Gouldstone, David, Elvis Costello: God's Comic, St. Martin's Press, 1989
    • Perone, James E., Elvis Costello: A Bio-Bibliography, Greenwood Publishing Group, 1998
    Periodicals
    • Billboard, October 26, 1996, p. 1; April 26, 1997, p. 10; October25, 1997, p. 9; February 7, 1998, p. 1
    • Entertainment Weekly, March 11, 1994, p. 55; July 26, 1996, p. 54;October 2, 1998, p. 72; May 17, 2002, p. 43
    • Hollywood Reporter, June 3, 1999, p. 10
    • Interview, March, 1997, p. 80
    • Newsweek, October 5, 1998, pp. 80-81
    • People Weekly, October 19, 1998, p. 45; March 31, 2003
    • Q, May, 2002, pp. 66-68
    • Vanity Fair, November, 2000, pp. 158-64

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