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.'
45 Years Ago: Elvis Costello Breaks Out With 'Armed Forces'
After beating the sophomore jinx, the goal was to prove he was here to stay.
Watch Elvis Costello Perform With Billy Joel in New York City
The pair performed Costello's "Pump It Up" and Joel's "Allentown."
Why Elvis Costello Got Banned From 'Saturday Night Live'
He gave shape to his own budding career with this rebellious move.
40 Years Ago: Elvis Costello Breaks in America but Hates It
He wanted a hit. That is until he got one.
Why Elvis Costello Was Not Happy With 'Punch the Clock'
Singer-songwriter was after a more commercially-friendly sound, but his eighth LP missed the mark in his opinion.
Elvis Costello Announces North American Summer Tour
Trek features support from Nick Lowe and Los Straitjackets.
Watch Elvis Costello and Billy Gibbons Jam on ZZ Top Songs
They headlined the Musician Treatment Foundation Benefit Concert in Nashville.
Elvis Costello Concludes 10-Night NYC Residency: Review
Run of shows included more than 200 songs from across his catalog.
Elvis Costello Opens 10-Night New York City Residency
Set included early classics, Van Morrison and Grateful Dead covers, and Burt Bacharach tribute.