Prolific English singer-songwriter, Elvis Costello first emerged at the height of punk in the mid-70s. In truth Costello was a much more accomplished and eclectic artist than most of his contemporaries as evidenced on his early hit song, Watching The Detectives, which set blistering lyrics of domestic abuse over a lilting reggae beat that won instant critical acclaim. His mainstream breakthrough came with the superlative Armed Forces, which topped the UK charts and spawned the international hit single, Oliver's Army. Never content to rest on his laurels, Costello subsequently embraced soul music on Get Happy before stunning critics and his audience alike with the brilliant covers album of classic country tracks, Almost Blue. A pin-sharp lyricist, Costello's clever condemnation of the Falklands war, Shipbuilding, was memorably covered by Robert Wyatt in 1982 while Costello's own interpretation included a trumpet solo from legendary jazz musician Chet Baker. Over the decades Costello has made successful forays into classical music, film soundtracks and even ballet while regularly returning to his roots on a number of albums with his original backing band, The Attractions. He is married to jazz pianist and singer Diana Krall.
Followers: Ben Folds, Lucinda Williams, The Coward Brothers, Shane MacGowan
Influenced By: The Beatles, Gram Parsons, Nick Lowe, Neil Young...