Elvis Costello Turns 57

[photogallerylink id=52175 align=left][mp3com-artist]Elvis Costello[/mp3com-artist] turns 57 today. He was born into a musical family in London, England and was influenced by many British and American artists. Costello has been known to constantly reinvent himself and his sound. Elvis had great success throughout his career, having really broke it across seas having before commercial success in the US when he landed the 46th spot on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Songs with “From a Whisper to a Scream” in 1981 and the #36 spot on the Hot 100 chart for “Everyday I Write the Book” in 1983.

96302101 Elvis Costello Turns 57Costello performed with many different groups during the 1970’s and was introduced by a friend to Jake Riviera who was one of the heads of Stiff Records. His first album My Aim Is True was a critical and commercial success. After he had success with this album, he formed the backing group The Attractions. Together Costello and The Attractions made a distinctive sound that was reminiscent of the 1960’s.

During the 1980’s, he tried to incorporate many different genres of music in his own. Almost Blue was a country cover album and Get Happy!! which was influenced by soul. Tensions between Costello and bassist Bruce Thomas caused The Attractions and Costello to call it quits.

Costello’s first album as an official solo artist was King of America. After that he rejoined with the Attractions to record Blood and Chocolate which went back to their post-punk roots. This album did not have any hit singles, but his next album Spike brought a Top 20 hit with the song “Veronica”. In the nineties he experimented with sounds such as jazz and classical. He has since then been nominated for an Academy Award, released numerous albums, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with the Attractions in 2003.

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