Elvis Costello


Elvis Costello is an English singer-songwriter. He began his career as part of London's pub rock scene in the early-1970s and later became associated with the first wave of the British Punk/New Wave movement of the mid to late-1970s. Steeped in word play, the vocabulary of Costello's lyrics is broader than that of most popular songs.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Elvis Costello.


1954 Birth Born on August 25, 1954.


1971 16 Years Old Costello moved with his Liverpool-born mother to Birkenhead, Cheshire, in 1971. … Read More
1974 19 Years Old Costello has been married three times, the first time in 1974 to Mary Burgoyne, with whom he had a son, Matthew. … Read More


…  His critically acclaimed debut album, My Aim Is True, was recorded in 1977. … Read More
1978 23 Years Old The Attractions' first tour of Australia in December 1978 was notable for a controversial performance at Sydney's Regent Theatre when, angered by the group's failure to perform an encore after their brief 35-minute set, audience members destroyed some of the seating. … Read More
In 1979, he released his third LP Armed Forces (originally to have been titled Emotional Fascism, a phrase that appeared on the LP's inner sleeve). … Read More
1980 - 1981 3 More Events
1983 28 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1983, he released Punch the Clock, featuring female backing vocal duo (Afrodiziak) and a four-piece horn section (the TKO Horns), alongside the Attractions. … Read More


1985 30 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1985, he appeared in the Live Aid benefit concert in England, singing the Beatles' "All You Need Is Love" as a solo artist. (The event was overrunning and Costello was asked to "ditch the band".) Costello introduced the song as an "old northern English folk song", and the audience was invited to sing the chorus. … Read More
Costello and the Attractions toured and recorded together for the better part of a decade, though differences between them caused a split by 1986. … Read More
1987 - 1991 3 More Events
1993 38 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1993, Costello experimented with classical music with a critically acclaimed collaboration with the Brodsky Quartet on The Juliet Letters.


In 1995, he released Kojak Variety, an album of cover songs recorded five years earlier, and followed in 1996 with an album of songs originally written for other artists, All This Useless Beauty. … Read More
1998 - 2002 6 More Events
On 23 February 2003, Costello, along with Bruce Springsteen, Steve Van Zandt, and Dave Grohl, performed a version of the Clash's "London Calling" at the 45th Grammy Awards ceremony, in honour of Clash frontman Joe Strummer, who had died the previous December. … Read More
The song "Scarlet Tide" (co-written by Costello and T-Bone Burnett and used in the film Cold Mountain) was nominated for a 2004 Academy Award; he performed it at the awards ceremony with Alison Krauss, who sang the song on the official soundtrack.


2005 50 Years Old 1 More Event
A 2005 tour included a gig at Glastonbury that Costello considered to be so dreadful that he said "I don't care if I ever play England again. … Read More
2006 51 Years Old After Hurricane Katrina, Costello and Allen Toussaint performed in New York at a series of Hurricane Relief benefit concerts in September 2006. … Read More
Costello later reprised the piece on the stage of the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris in 2008, with Sting, Joe Sumner of Fiction Plane (Sting's son) and Sylvia Schwartz. … Read More
2009 54 Years Old 1 More Event
In May 2009, Costello made a surprise cameo appearance on-stage at the Beacon Theater in New York as part of Spinal Tap's Unwigged and Unplugged show, singing their fictional 1965 hit "Gimme Some Money" with the band backing him up.
On 15 May 2010, Costello announced he would withdraw from a concert performed in Israel in opposition to Israel's treatment of Palestinians. … Read More
2011 - 2012 2 More Events
In January 2013, Costello teamed up with Paul McCartney to create an ad campaign backing vegetarian foods produced by the Linda McCartney Foods brand.
2014 59 Years Old On March 2014, Elvis Costello recorded Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes with Rhiannon Giddens, Taylor Goldsmith, Jim James and Marcus Mumford.


2016 61 Years Old Durning the 2016 Detour, he performs with Larkin Poe. … Read More
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