"Declan Patrick MacManus" (born 25 August, 1954, in London), better known by his stage name, "Elvis Costello", is a popular British musician, singer, and songwriter of Irish ancestry.
Some sources list his full given name as "Declan Patrick Aloysius MacManus"; however, Aloysius was not one of his names at birth, being added years later.
Costello was an early participant in London's pub rock scene in the mid-1970s, and later became associated with the punk rock and new wave musical genres, before establishing himself as a unique and original voice in the 1980s. His output has been wildly diverse: One critic has written that "Costello, the pop encyclopedia, can reinvent the past in his own image" (see http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:ly09kect7q70).
MacManus was born in St Mary's Hospital, Paddington in London, living in the area until he was sixteen.
With an already musical family (his father, Ross MacManus, sang with Joe Loss), MacManus moved with his mother to Liverpool in 1971. It was there that he formed his first band, a folk duo called Rusty. After completing secondary school in Liverpool, he moved back to London where he next forme...
|years active||1977 - present|
|music genre||Rock music|