The son of British band leader Ross MacManus, Costello took his pseudonym from Elvis Presley and his father's stage name (Day Costello). He began performing professionally in 1969 and was a musician and/or singer in many bands around London before forming a moderately successful pub-rock band called 'Flip City' in the mid-1970s. Working full time as a computer operator, he landed his first record deal with Stiff Records in 1977 and recorded his first album 'My Aim Is True' while on holiday. The album was a smash hit in the UK and landed Costello a worldwide distribution deal with Columbia records. Forming his backup group, 'The Attractions', for his second album, Costello went on to record several popular and influential albums over the next decade.
Today, he is regarded as one of the most influential and popular singer-songwriters in modern music.