Could this be Alzheimer’s? You decide…Elvis Costello Singing “Veronica”

If anyone knows how to get a hold of Elvis Costello I would love to interview him on Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio and see if we can get the back story to this song.  I would love to hear more about Veronica and his relationship with her.  Let me know your thoughts about this song.

3 Replies to “Could this be Alzheimer’s? You decide…Elvis Costello Singing “Veronica””

  1. HI Lori –

    Bill Solboe here. I hope all is well with you. I saw your blog post and happen to have some information on the Elvis Costello song for you – from Wikipedia. You probably also saw that Glen Campbell recently announced that he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

    At some point, I’d like to reconnect with you. We did my music game, Music Mayhem as pre-game entertainment for a recent Twins game and our online game is up and running. Let me know when you could meet or talk by phone in the next weeks. All the best.


    “Veronica” is a single from Elvis Costello’s 1989 album Spike, co-written by Costello with Paul McCartney. The song “Veronica” was co-produced by T-Bone Burnett and Kevin Killen, and features Paul McCartney on his iconic Höfner bass. In 2004, Entertainment Weekly voted it as one of Costello’s top ten greatest tunes.[1]

    The song focuses on an older woman who has experienced severe memory loss. Costello’s inspiration for this song was his grandmother, who suffered from Alzheimer’s. When talking about the song on a VH1 interview, Costello reminisced about his grandmother having “terrifying moments of lucidity” and how this was the inspiration for “Veronica”.

    “Veronica” was also Costello’s highest-charting Top 40 hit in the United States, peaking at #19 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, #1 on its Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart, and #10 on its Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.

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