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Elvis hasn’t left the building

In the 1970’s TV commercial for R Whites Lemonade, the tune “Secret Lemonade Drinker” was written and performed by a guy called Ross McManus.

McManus was ably assisted on vocal by non other than his son, Declan, better known as Elvis Costello.

And the rest is history.

Born on 25 August 1954 as Declan Patrick Aloysius McManus, Costello went on to achieve much greater things than supporting vocal on a lemonade commercial – Rolling Stone Magazine listed him as number 80 Greatest Artist of all time.

His catalogue stretches from the new-wave / punk beginnings of the mid-1970s withelvis-costello-rockstar-data the Attractions, stopping off to pay homage to George Jones and the fabulous version of “A Good Year for the Roses “ – a particular favourite.

Costello was iconoclastic from the start – I remember watching Top of the Pops and watching as Kid Jenson introduced Elvis Costello and the Attractions singing “Oliver’s Army”, and my father commenting that “thon fella looks nothing like Elvis”

And that was the whole point – he was very different in the way he looked and the way he wrote his songs.

Equally as comfortable in the company of Squeeze or Billy Bragg, Costello has an ability to write really good songs (Oliver’s Army, Watching the Detectives) or antagonise the establishment  (Tramp The Dirt Down.) – either way he is well worth his place on the Rolling Stone All-Time List.

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