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One of the most acclaimed singer-songwriters of the modern rock era, Elvis Costello has written classics like “Alison,” “Watching the Detectives,” “Pump It Up” and “Veronica,” and has been covered hundreds of times by the varied likes of Linda Ronstadt, George Jones, Chet Baker, Bette Midler, Johnny Cash, Rod Steward, Rosanne Cash, Ute Lemper, Nick Lowe and Carlene Carter.


While he’s written most of his songs by himself, he has also collaborated with some of the greatest pop music songwriters of his time, including Burt Bacharach, Paul McCartney and Allen Toussaint—all of whom he has recorded with. He has also recorded album projects with jazz pianist Marian McParland and The Roots band, and has sung with the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Daryl Hall, Annie Lennox, Tony Bennett, George Jones, Roy Orbison, Billie Joe Armstrong and his wife Diana Krall. Additionally, he has appeared on such special projects as Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes—an album of new music set to lyrics by Bob Dylan—and Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, a musical theater collaboration between John Mellencamp and Stephen King.


Born Declan Patrick MacManus in London on August 25, 1954, Costello honed his songwriting and performing skills in London’s pub rock scene of the early 1970s. He burst into major recognition on both sides of the Atlantic at in 1977 with the release of his debut album My Aim is True at the height of England’s New Wave movement, supporting it via thrilling performances with his band The Attractions. His first three albums have all placed on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time,…

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