It’s probably hard to believe today, but once upon a time, there was a man of nine to five, Elvis Costello, who led a very conventional life with a wife and child and worked in various administrative jobs as a data entry clerk. However, the English singer and songwriter insisted on composing and writing music until he was signed by the independent music label Stiff Records.
The musical style of Elvis Costello was praised by critics and fans alike. The songbird combined the nobler lyrics of new wave music with the inherent energy of punk, resulting in hits like Alison, (The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes, Veronica, and Every Day I Write The Book.
Biography & Age
What many people don’t know is that ‘Elvis Costello’ is a stage name; the musician’s real name is Declan Patrick MacManus and he was born on August 25, 1954, at St. Mary’s Hospital in London. His mother’s name is Lilian Alda and his father, Ross MacManus, was an expert on the jazz trumpet who performed with the famous Joe Loss Orchestra and also put on a solo cabaret performance.
Elvis Costello grew up in Twickenham, where he attended Whitton Catholic Primary School by Edmund and Archbishop Myers’ Secondary Modern R.C. Hounslow. Together with Allan Mayes, Elvis formed the folk duo known as “Rusty”. After moving with his mother to Birkenhead, Cheshire, the aspiring singer went to St. Francis Xavier’s College in Liverpool to complete his education.
He began working as a data entry secretary in a number of offices, among which his time with Elizabeth Arden is worthy of mention, which he immortalized in the lyrics of one of his songs, “I’m Not Angry” as “Vanity Factory”. Elvis was also employed by Midland Bank, where he worked for a short time as a computer operator in their data center in Bootle.
When he returned to London in 1974, Elvis Costello founded Flip City, a pub-rock band that lasted only two years before it finally broke up. Needless to say, the musician landed on his feet after the slow start of his music career.
As part of the British punk and new wave movement that took place in the UK from the mid to late 1970s, the aspiring singer released his first album My Aim is True in 1977. After releasing his debut album, he formed the band “Attractions”. With “Attractions” as a backup band, Elvis released his second album in 1978, entitled “This Year’s Model”. The following year, his third album Armed Forces debuted; the album included his hit single entitled Oliver’s Army.
Due to irreconcilable differences, Elvis and his other band members had to split up, but most of his work as a solo artist over the years was attributed to the band. The music legend has won several awards and nominations, including a Grammy and two Brit Award nominations for Best British Male Singer. The Attractions band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003, and the following year Elvis was voted number 80 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 greatest artists of all time.
Wife, Children, Family
The musical icon was married three times. In 1974 he married Mary Burgoyne, and the couple has a son named Matthew. After the end of his first marriage, he began to meet Cait O’Riordan, the bassist of the London-Irish group – The Pogues. The duo formed a union in 1986 but gave up at the end of 2002.
In 2003 Elvis’ got engaged to pianist and singer Diana Krall and on December 6th of the same year, they were married in style at the residence of Elton John. On December 6, 2006, Diana gave birth to twin sons – Frank Harlan James and Dexter Henry Lorcan – in New York City.
Elvis Costello: Net Worth
Elvis Costello can just as well be called a musical legend. Over the years, the music icon has accumulated a staggering sum of $60 million as his estimated net worth. It is believed that his wealth has grown through his singing career.
Height & Weight
The indicated height of the singer is 1.78 m, i.e. about 5 ft 83 in. He also weighs 72 kg body mass. The singer is in undeniably great form for his age.