Elvis Costello At Grand Ole Opry


Born in London in 1954 as Declan Patrick MacManus, the man who would later become Elvis Costello started his career because of his musician father. The two worked together on a television commercial for R. White’s Lemonade, which won the silver award at the International Advertising Festival in 1974. In ’71, he had formed a folk duo, Rusty, alongside Allan Mayes. After graduating from high school, his second band was created, Flip City, as a pub rock band. While Flip City was active, MacManus took upon the name D.P. Costello. After working a variety of office jobs, he finally was able to sign to the independent label Stiff Records, where he was encouraged to change his name to Elvis Costello. Costello made his first Opry appearance in February of 2006 when Emmylou Harris invited him to take the stage with her.

Costello’s first single released was the song “Less Than Zero.” From there, he moved on to release songs like “Watching the Detectives,” “From a Whisper to a Scream,” “I Can’t Stand Up for Falling Down,” “Everyday I Write the Book,” “Veronica” and “Sulky Girl.”
Throughout his years as a performer, Costello has worked with artists like Paul McCartney, Tony Bennett, Lucinda Williams, Kid Rock, Lee Konitz, Brian Eno and Rubén Blades. In 2003, Costello and his former band the Attractions were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2004, Rolling Stone Magazine positioned him at No. 80 on their 100 Greatest Artists of All Time list.
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