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Elvis Costello

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Singer and songwriter, born in London, UK. The son of big-band singer Ross McManus, he started his own career with the unrecorded band Flip City and as a solo folk club singer. Signed to Stiff Records in 1977, his debut album My Aim Is True established his reputation. For his second album, This Year's Model (1978), he was joined by The Attractions - a three-piece group consisting of Steve Nieve, Pete Thomas, and Bruce Thomas, who worked with Costello on most of his albums over the next eight years. Later albums include Goodbye Cruel World (1984), King of America (1986), Mighty Like A Rose (1991), All This Useless Beauty (1996), North (2003), and River in Reverse (2006). In 1999 he had a hit single with ‘She’ from the film Notting Hill, and his work on the soundtrack for Cold Mountain (2003) earned him an Oscar nomination. With the Attractions he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003. Later that year he married jazz singer and pianist Diana Krall (1964– ).

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