This man’s musical style didn’t really appeal to me at first but then I took a listen to what he had to offer and I discovered quite a few songs that I like. This English singer and songwriter didn’t arrive into this world with the name Elvis Costello. He was born as Declan Patrick MacManus. His career began in the early 1970s when he started to sing at some of the pubs that were part of the rock scene in London, England. He started gaining popularity with his first album My Aim is True which came out in 1976.
By the time Costello released his second album This Year’s Model in 1978, it ranked at number 11 on a list of the best albums in the period 1967 – 1987 by Rolling Stone magazine. Costello did a lot of touring along with his band The Attractions however most of the work he had done is attributed to a solo performer. Costello had won various awards including a Grammy Award. He and his band The Attractions were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003. Costello ranks at number 80 on the list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time by Rolling Stone.
Costello’s choice of name came by combining the first name of the King of Rock and Roll Elvis and his father’s name Costello. Costello has also released an album of country music cover songs called Almost Blue. Among the songs in the album are Hank William’s “Why Don’t You Love Me (Like You Used to Do?)”, Merle Haggard’s “Tonight the Bottle Let Me Down” and Gram Parson’s “How Much I Lied”. A surprise U.K. hit single from this album was Costello singing George Jones’ “Good Year for the Roses”.
In 1986 Costello came out with the album Blood and Chocolate from which came one of his signature concert songs “I Want You”. It was after the tour for this album that Costello broke up with his band The Attractions. In 1989 he signed on with Warner Bros. and released another album Spike containing his biggest U.S. single “Veronica” that he co-wrote with Paul McCartney.
Other well-liked and known songs by Costello include “The Other Side of Summer”, “Big Tears”, “Allison”, “Accidents Will Happen”, “My Funny Valentine”, “That Day is Done” and “Brilliant Mistake” among so many others.
Elvis Costello came out with his last album in 2013 Wise Up Ghost and declared that as he was approaching sixty years of age it would be his last because he wanted to spend the rest of his life concentrating on his family. However, he did say that he would do an occasional concert. He received an Honorary Doctorate of Music from the New England Conservatory in Boston, Massachusetts on October 25, 2013.
I absolutely fell in love with the song “She” that Costello wrote for the movie “Notting Hill” starring Julie Roberts.