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Name: Joe Jackson                                                                 
Birth name: David Ian Jackson                                                     
Born: 11 August 1954 Burton upon Trent, England                                   
Joe Jackson (born David Ian Jackson, 11 August 1954, Burton upon Trent,           
Staffordshire) is an English musician and singer-songwriter, described as a       
unique and critically acclaimed recording artist, whose five Grammy nominations   
span 1979 to 2001. He is probably best-known for the 1979 hit song "Is She       
Really Going Out with Him?", which still gets extensive FM radio airplay; for     
his 1982 hit, "Steppin' Out"; and for his 1984 hit, "You Can't Get What You Want 
(Till You Know What You Want)".                                                   
Along with Elvis Costello and Graham Parker, Jackson was a part of the trio of   
British-based artists that challenged the punk scene and brought a New Wave       
sound to the United States in the late 1970s. He was popular for his power-pop   
and New Wave sound early on before moving to more eclectic, though less           
commercially successful, pop/jazz/classical musical pieces.