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Elvis Costello

Referencing prodigies of rock lyricism may not bring Elvis Costello to mind for some, but he does deserve consideration. Through the course of over four decades, the former computer programmer has established a career as a singer-songwriter to give Bob Dylan himself a reckoning. He was born Declan MacManus in London, England, on August 25, 1954. He took the moniker Elvis Costello in 1977, adopting the first name from Elvis Presley and the last part from the maiden name of his mother. Also in '77, Costello's debut album My Aim Is True was released, drawing connections to the new wave and punk movement as well as showing musical variance. That year, Costello's band The Attractions was assembled. The group released a number of albums, including This Year's Model, Armed Forces, and Trust. 1986's Blood and Chocolate produced memorable, literate gems such as "Tokyo Storm Warning" and "I Want You." After the Attractions' final show in 1996, due to conflict between Costello and the band's bassist Bruce Thomas, two of the group's other members would become part of his new backing band, The Imposters. Costello has released over 30 albums.

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Aug 25, 1954 In Paddington, London, England
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series The Oscars 1953-03-18
Latest Project:
Movie Weird Nightmare 2022
Known For
Poster of The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years
Poster of Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
Poster of Emmylou Harris: From a Deeper Well
Poster of Spice World
Movie Weird Nightmare Unknown 2022
Movie Burt Bacharach: One Amazing Night Himself 2022
Movie Ringo Starr’s Big Birthday Show Unknown 2020-07-07
Movie Johnny Cash: The Man In Black In Britain Self 2020-11-22
Movie Sesame Street: 50th Anniversary Celebration! Himself 2019-11-09
Movie Tower of Song: A Memorial Tribute to Leonard Cohen Unknown 2018-01-03
Movie Roy Orbison: Black and White Night 30 Unknown 2017-02-24
Series Pete the Cat Pete's Dad (voice) 2017-12-25
Movie Ex Libris: The New York Public Library Himself 2017-09-13
Movie The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years Himself 2016-09-15
Series The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Self 2015-09-08
Movie Elvis Costello: Detour Live at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall Himself 2015-06-15
Movie Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued Himself 2014-11-21
Movie Experience Montreux Himself 2013-06-18
Movie Elvis Costello: Mystery Dance Himself 2013-11-09
Movie Elvis Costello & The Imposters: The Return Of The Spectacular Spinning Songbook Performer 2012-04-02
Movie I Was There: When the Beatles Played the Cavern Himself (archive footage) 2011-02-09
Series Hamburg Journal self 2011-04-15
Movie A Prairie Home Companion Live in HD! Self - Singer 2010-02-04
Series Treme Unknown 2010-04-11
Movie Straight to Hell Returns Hives 2010-01-01
Movie Hard Rock Calling 2010 Himself 2010-06-25
Movie Love Shines Himself 2010-10-08
Movie A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All! Himself 2008-11-23
Series Spectacle: Elvis Costello with... Unknown 2008-12-03
Movie Tony Bennett: Duets - The Making of an American Classic Himself 2007-05-01
Movie The Old, Weird America: Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music Unknown 2007-02-01
Movie If It Ain't Stiff: The Stiff Records Story Himself 2007-12-14
Series Legends Unknown 2006-07-15
Movie Grand Ole Opry Live Unknown 2006-02-18
Series Classic Albums Unknown 2006-01-27
Movie From the Big Apple to the Big Easy: The Concert for New Orleans Himself 2006-01-01
Movie The Tomorrow Show with Tom Snyder: Punk & New Wave Unknown 2006-01-24
Movie Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby Elvis Costello 2006-08-04
Series The One Show Unknown 2006-08-14
Movie Delirious Himself 2006-09-26
Movie Elvis Costello Allen Toussaint - Hot as a Piston Keen as a Blade Unknown 2006-12-05
Movie The Harry Smith Project Live Unknown 2006-11-07
Series 30 Rock Unknown 2006-10-11
Movie Before the Music Dies Self - Musician 2006-11-02
Movie Elvis Costello & The Imposters: Glastonbury Festival 2005 Unknown 2005-06-24
Movie 20 Years Ago Today - Live Aid Himself 2005-07-13
Series The Colbert Report Unknown 2005-10-17
Movie Elvis Costello: The Right Spectacle - The Very Best of Elvis Costello Performer 2005-09-27
Movie Elvis Costello & The Imposters: Club Date - Live in Memphis Himself 2004-01-01
Movie Johnny Cash: The Last Great American Unknown 2004-02-27
Movie Live Aid Self 2004-11-16
Movie De-Lovely Unknown 2004-07-02
Movie Beautiful Dreamer: Brian Wilson and the Story of Smile Himself 2004-10-05
Series Real Time with Bill Maher Self 2003-02-21
Series Two and a Half Men Himself 2003-09-22
Movie Willie Nelson & Friends: Live and Kickin' Himself 2003-05-26
Movie Emmylou Harris: From a Deeper Well Unknown 2003-12-19
Movie I Love Your Work Self 2003-10-05
Movie Prison Song Public Defender / Teacher 2001-04-27
Movie A Tribute To Burt Bacharach & Hal David Himself 2001-12-31
Movie Unleaded Lui-même 2000-01-01
Movie Classic Albums: U2 - The Joshua Tree Unknown 1999-02-05
Movie In Dreams: The Roy Orbison Story Unknown 1999-10-07
Movie Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me Himself 1999-06-08
Movie Spice World Elvis 1997-12-18
Series The Daily Show with Trevor Noah Unknown 1996-07-22
Series The Frank Skinner Show Unknown 1995-09-10
Series Die Harald Schmidt Show Unknown 1995-12-05
Movie Philip K Dick: A Day in the Afterlife Unknown 1994-04-09
Movie Dusty Himself - Interviewee 1994-05-02
Series Late Night with Conan O'Brien Unknown 1993-09-13
Series Frasier Ben 1993-09-16
Series The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
Series The Simpsons Unknown 1989-12-17
Movie Paul McCartney: Put It There Himself 1989-06-10
Series MTV Unplugged Unknown 1989-11-26
Movie Roy Orbison and Friends: A Black and White Night Unknown 1988-01-03
Movie Straight to Hell Hives The Butler 1987-06-26
Movie Red Shoes In the Land of the Midnight Sun: Elvis Costello & The Confederates Live in Tokyo Performer 1987-11-16
Movie No Surrender Rosco De Ville 1985-09-11
Movie Live Aid Self 1985-07-13
Series Scully Henry Scully 1984-05-14
Series Champs-Elysées Unknown 1982-01-16
Series The Comic Strip Presents Stone Deaf A & R Man 1982-11-02
Movie Concerts for the People of Kampuchea Himself 1981-03-29
Movie Elvis Costello & The Attractions Live in Montreaux Performer 1980-07-12
Movie Americathon The Earl of Manchester 1979-08-10
Movie Elvis Costello and The Attractions: Live at The Capitol Theatre Unknown 1978-05-05
Movie Elvis Costello and The Attractions: Live on Rockpalast Unknown 1978-07-02
Series The Kenny Everett Video Show Unknown 1978-07-03
Movie If It Ain't Stiff, It Ain't Worth a Fuck Himself 1977-01-01
Series Austin City Limits Unknown 1975-01-01
Series Saturday Night Live Self - Musical Guest 1975-10-11
Series The Oscars Self 1953-03-18