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Tees Law Firm Fan? Elvis Costello
The Elvis Costello Connection
BBC Tees had an e-mail from someone called Neil, "Jacksons Monk & Rowe, the solicitors in Queens Square... immortalised by Elvis Costello in his track Jacksons Monk & Rowe!" Could it be true? Did Elvis Costello really write about a Teesside law firm?
It was time to play detective. Had Elvis Costello ever lived here? Not as far as our research could show.
Then, we came across an web article that suggested Elvis Costello had written the song because of something to do with the cellist from the Brodsky Quartet, who play on many of his songs.
The cellist in question is called Jacqueline Thomas and guess what? She's a Middlesbrough lass. Now it looked like we were getting somewhere, but how do we find her?
A little research later and we had a name. Suzanna Ivanic at Hazard Chase Limited, the music management company, represents the Brodsky Quartet.
We gave her a call. Could Jacqueline shed any light on the mystery?
"We collaborated on an album called the Juliet Letters in 1992 and every song on that album was written by all five of us pretty much.
"My dad had an office in Queen's Square, which was Linthorpe Insurance Brokers... and they were next door to Jacksons Monk & Rowe and one day when I was about five my dad came home, and because I'm Jackie, he just nicknamed me 'Jacksons Monk & Rowe' and that sort of stuck!
So that's one Teesside urban myth confirmed.
last updated: 25/11/2008 at 15:17