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Elvis Costello

Elvis Costello came out of the U.K. punk scene in the mid-’70s, but he was smarter, sharper and more literate than most of his peers. His versatility helped him adapt and change course several times over the years. He’s made pop records, R&B records, classical records, hip-hop records and Americana records. He was born Declan McManus in London, but by the time he released his debut album (recorded with future members of Huey Lewis’ News!) in 1977, he had renamed himself in equal bits tribute and arrogance. That combination helped him soar through the decades with pivotal works like ‘My Aim Is True,’ ‘This Year’s Model’ and ‘Imperial Bedroom.’

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Warner Bros.

20 Years Ago: Elvis Costello and the Attractions Release Their Swan Song, ‘All This Useless Beauty’

Elvis Costello's final album with the Attractions, 'All This Useless Beauty,' was released on May 13, 1996.

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Columbia

The Story of Elvis Costello’s Breakthrough Hit, ‘Armed Forces’

After beating the sophomore jinx with his second album, 1978's 'This Year's Model,' Elvis Costello set out to prove he was here to stay.

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Vimeo

How Elvis Costello Was Banned From ‘Saturday Night Live’

Elvis Costello gave shape to his own budding career with a rebellious move on 'Saturday Night Live.'

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Michael Loccisano / Dimitrios Kambouris / Vivien Killilea, Getty Images

Tom Waits and Elvis Costello Join David Letterman’s Last Shows

David Letterman will be leaving his late-night talk-show chair for good on May 20.

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36 Years Ago: Elvis Costello Incites Brawl with Racist Remarks

Elvis Costello made some drunken racist remarks, which led to a fight with Bonnie Bramlett.

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YouTube

12 Years Ago: Elvis Costello Fills in for David Letterman

On March 12, 2003, Elvis Costello took on the role of talk show host for the first time when he filled in for David Letterman for the evening.

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Keystone, Hulton Archive, Getty Images

35 Years Ago: Elvis Costello and the Attractions Get Sorta Happy

By the time the '80s started, Elvis Costello already had three classic albums to his name.

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Sean Gardner / Vivien Killilea, Getty Images

Steely Dan, Elvis Costello Team Up for Summer 2015 Tour

Steely Dan's previously announced Rockabye Gollie Angel Tour has been extended into the summer, and will now include dates with Elvis Costello.

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Aerosmith and Elvis Costello Get Their Own Simpsons Dolls

Aerosmith and Elvis Costello's appearances on 'The Simpsons' are being immortalized in yellow plastic.

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Bob Dylan Tribute Album Features Lost Lyrics, Elvis Costello

The guest-packed 'Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes' will feature never-before-heard lyrics from Bob Dylan.

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