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Elvis Costello

Elvis Costello kicked off his multi-faceted career as a forerunner in the British punk and new wave movements with his 1977 debut My Aim Is True. Shortly thereafter, this English singer/songwriter teamed with longtime backing band the Attractions and truly took off when “Watching the Detectives” became a hit on both sides of the Atlantic.

Rapid-fire success continued well into the ’80s thanks to signature smashes like “(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes,” “Pump It Up,” “Accidents Will Happen” and “Everyday I Write the Book.” Come the ’90s and into the new millennium, Costello recorded a series of collaborative albums with artists as diverse as the classically-minded Brodsky Quartet, traditional pop composer Burt Bacharach, southern soul man Allen Toussaint and hip-hop band the Roots.

Hindsight has also been equally kind to the critical favorite, with his first three albums popping up on Rolling Stone magazine’s “500 Greatest Albums of All Time” list. But more than any specific album or era, Costello’s longevity can be credited to his constant reinvention and mastery of multiple styles.

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