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.'

Top 10 Elvis Costello Songs
Since bursting onto the scene in 1977, Elvis Costello has constantly refused to be pigeonholed. Originally lumped in as part of the punk and New Wave movements due to his short, angry songs, he quickly took a series of musical detours, occasionally circling back before trying something else new...
Elvis Costello and the Roots’ New Album Streaming Online
On paper, Elvis Costello's new album 'Wise Up Ghost' -- which finds the rock legend teaming up for a full-length collaboration with the Roots -- is one of the more intriguing records of the year. Now, thanks to NPR, we get to hear how it all turned out, a week before the record's…

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