Ross MacManus
British musician
Ross MacManus
Ronald Patrick Ross MacManus was an English musician and trumpet player, who performed with Joe Loss and his orchestra, and the father of singer Elvis Costello. Born on Conway Street, Birkenhead, MacManus attended St. Anselm's College. MacManus joined Joe Loss in March 1955. He wrote and sang "Patsy Girl", a 1964 single credited to Ross McManus and the Joe Loss Blue Beats.
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    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2011
    Age 83
    With his second wife, Sara, who died on 12 November 2011, he had four sons, Ronan, Ruairi, Liam and Kieran, who were formerly in the band Riverway.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1972
    Age 44
    His 1972 album of cover versions of Elvis Presley songs, Elvis Presley's Golden Hits Sung By Big Ross & The Memphis Sound, was reissued on CD in 2008 as Elvis' Dad Sings Elvis. MacManus married Lillian Alda Ablett in 1952; the couple later divorced.
    More Details Hide Details Their son Declan, better known as Elvis Costello, was born in 1954.
  • 1970
    Age 42
    In 1970 he recorded a version of The Beatles' song "The Long and Winding Road" under the pseudonym of Day Costello.
    More Details Hide Details He is the father of singer Elvis Costello. MacManus was responsible for the music and vocals from the R. White's Lemonade television advertisement theme song, "Secret Lemonade Drinker", on which Costello plays the drums, and sang backing vocals. "1973 saw the launch of the brand’s most famous advertising campaign, 'The Secret Lemonade Drinker', which remained on screen until 1984. The ad featured a man in striped pyjamas creeping downstairs to raid the fridge for R Whites Lemonade. Ross McManus, the father of singer Elvis Costello, wrote and sang the original song, with his teenage son providing backing vocals. The ad won a silver award at the 1974 International Advertising Festival". In 1975, MacManus wrote and sang a number of songs for the soundtrack to the British sex comedy film Secrets of a Superstud. He played the trumpet on two of his son Costello's albums: on Out of Our Idiot (1987) the song "A Town Called Big Nothing", credited to the MacManus Gang and originally recorded for the film Straight to Hell, and on Mighty Like a Rose (1991) the song "Invasion Hit Parade".
  • THIRTIES
  • 1964
    Age 36
    He wrote and sang "Patsy Girl", a 1964 single credited to Ross McManus and the Joe Loss Blue Beats.
    More Details Hide Details The song was featured on the "Fathers" episode of Bob Dylan's radio series, Theme Time Radio Hour, in 2006.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1927
    Born
    Born in 1927.
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