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UPI Almanac for Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013.
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George Jones, iconic country singer, dies at 81

NASHVILLE, April 26 (UPI) -- George Jones, the iconic country music singer known by generations for his distinctive voice and phrasing, died Friday in Nashville at 81, his publicist said.
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Rolling Stones, Arctic Monkeys to play Glastonbury

Rolling Stones, Arctic Monkeys to play Glastonbury

LONDON, March 28 (UPI) -- Arctic Monkeys, The Rolling Stones and Mumford & Sons are to be the headlining acts at the Glastonbury Festival in England on the last weekend in June.

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UPI Almanac for Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012.
By United Press International

Jimmy Fallon to host Springsteen tribute

NEW YORK, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" will be hosting a weeklong tribute to Bruce Springsteen starting Monday in anticipation of his new album, "Wrecking Ball."
'Artists Den' to air Costello concert

'Artists Den' to air Costello concert

NEW YORK, March 24 (UPI) -- Rock 'n' roll icon Elvis Costello has taped a performance for the third season premiere of the U.S. series "Live from the Artists Den," its producers said.
Hathaway, Washington to host Nobel concert

Hathaway, Washington to host Nobel concert

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Film stars Denzel Washington and Anne Hathaway are to serve as co-hosts of the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, Norway, E! News reported Friday.

'Less Than Kind' takes three awards

TORONTO, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- "Less Than Kind," a Winnipeg-set drama about a driving school run by a dysfunctional family, was a big winner at the 25th annual Gemini Awards in Toronto.
Pop stars jazz up venerable N.Y. library

Pop stars jazz up venerable N.Y. library

NEW YORK, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Behind the lions guarding the New York Public Library, kings of the jungle of pop culture are staking their turf.
Elvis Costello cancels Israel concerts

Elvis Costello cancels Israel concerts

TEL AVIV, Israel, May 18 (UPI) -- British rock icon Elvis Costello says on his Web site he has decided to cancel two planned concerts in Israel.
Harris set to read 'Letterman' Top 10 List

Harris set to read 'Letterman' Top 10 List

NEW YORK, June 3 (UPI) -- Actor Neil Patrick Harris has signed on to present the Top 10 List on Thursday's edition of "Late Show with David Letterman" in New York, CBS said Wednesday.
Costello hosting new music-themed TV show

Costello hosting new music-themed TV show

NEW YORK, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Singer Elvis Costello says his new TV show, "Spectacle," on the U.S. cable network Sundance offers an in-depth look at musicians and their creations.
Elvis, Elton team up for new TV series

Elvis, Elton team up for new TV series

LONDON, April 2 (UPI) -- British rock 'n' roll icons Elvis Costello and Elton John are collaborating on a new television series called "Spectacle: Elvis Costello with ..."

Hillary birthday bash nets $1 million

NEW YORK, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Democratic presidential front-runner Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., collected $1 million in New York in a campaign fundraiser on the eve of her 60th birthday.
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Elvis Costello performs in concert at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on May 23, 2008. The British singer / songwriter is touring in support of his new CD "Momofuku". (UPI Photo/Daniel Gluskoter)
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Declan Patrick MacManus (born 25 August 1954), known by the stage name Elvis Costello, is an English singer-songwriter. He came to prominence as an early participant in London's pub rock scene in the mid-1970s and later became associated with the punk/New Wave genre. Steeped in word play, the vocabulary of Costello's lyrics is broader than that of most popular songs. His music has drawn on many diverse genres; the young American critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine describes him as a "pop encyclopedia," able to "reinvent the past in his own image".

Costello was born Declan Patrick MacManus in St Mary's Hospital, London, the son of Mary (née Costello) and Ross MacManus, a musician and bandleader. He is of Irish heritage. Costello lived in Twickenham, attending Hounslow Secondary Modern School, which is now St Mark's Catholic Secondary School, in neighbouring Hounslow. With a musically inclined father (who was a jazz trumpeter and sang with The Joe Loss Orchestra), Costello's first broadcast recording was alongside his dad in a television commercial for R. White's Lemonade (I'm a Secret Lemonade Drinker). His father wrote and sang the song; Costello provided backing vocals. The advertisement won a silver award at the 1974 International Advertising Festival.

Costello moved with his Liverpool-born mother to Birkenhead in 1971. There, he formed his first band, a folk duo called Rusty, with Allan Mayes. After completing secondary school at St. Francis Xavier's College, he moved back to London where he next formed a band called Flip City, which had a style very much in the pub rock vein. They were active from 1974 through early 1976. Around this time, Costello adopted the stage name D.P. Costello. His father had performed under the name Day Costello, and Elvis has said in interviews that he took this name as a tribute to his father.

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