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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  • 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.
  • 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.
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  • 1970
    Age 42
    In 1970 he recorded a version of The Beatles' song "The Long and Winding Road" under the pseudonym of Day Costello.
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  • 1964
    Age 36
    He wrote and sang "Patsy Girl", a 1964 single credited to Ross McManus and the Joe Loss Blue Beats.
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  • 1927
    Born in 1927.
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