Elvis Costellowas born as Declan Patrick MacManus on August 25, 1954, in Paddington, London, England. He lived in Twickenham and went to secondary school in Hounslow, England. His father was musically inclined and sang for The Joe Loss Orchestra. Elvis’ first appearance was on television, with his father, in a television commercial for R. White’s lemonade. In 1971, Elvis moved to Birkenhead with his mother. He formed his first band there which was called, Rusty, and it was a folk duo. He finished his secondary schooling in the Saint Francis Xavier in Liverpool then moved back to London. There he formed his second band called Flip City and it was a rock style group. They performed from 1974 through early 1976. This was about the time he adopted the stage name D. P. Costello. He worked in office jobs at the Elizabeth Arden cosmetics firm, to support himself. He also worked for a short time at the Midland Bank, as a computer operator, in Bootle Merseyside. All the while he was writing songs too and began to look for a recording contract.
He signed on with Stiff Record label and the manager at Stiff suggested to him to change his name to Elvis Costello. His first single was, Less Than Zero, and was released in 1977. Two months later he released his first album called, My Aim Is True. The album reached number 14 on the charts in the U. K. and in the U. S.. His style of music was at first classed as punk style but later it was considered as New Wave style. In 1977, Elvis also formed his own band instead of using temporary ones. The band was called, The Attractions, and consisted of Steve Nieve (piano), Bruce Thomas (bass guitar), and Pete Thomas (drummer),no relation to Bruce. Elvis then released his first major hit single called, Watching the Detectives. Since his records were only being released in the U. K. By Stiff Records, he also signed with CBS Records in the U. S.
Elvis and The Attractions appeared on Saturday Night Live in December, 1977. They were a last minute fill-in, in place of the Sex Pistols. The group went on a tour with other Stiff artists and the band released the record, This Year’s Model, in 1978. Hits from this album were, I don’t Want To Go Chelsea, and Pump It Up. Pump it Up was a huge hit in the United States.
Elvis had a total of 12 compilations, 32 albums, collaborations, and 2 soundtracks, as well as singles during his successful musical career.
Arists by Song Title
80s Music Artists
'80s Music Quiz
'80s Arcade Games