I've been with Elvis pretty much since the beginning.
The first of his songs I can recall hearing and the first I purchased was Watching the Detectives a single released on 14th October 1977 which first charted on 5th November 1977 spending 11 weeks in the charts and peaking at number 15.
Even now that drum beat introduction sends visible shivers running up and down my spine and on any given day I would still list it as one of my top 10 songs by the great man.
The b-side had live versions of Blame It on Cain and Mystery Dance. The single has long since gone so here are the versions from My Aim is True
Watching the Detectives was Elvis Costello's 4th single. Unbelievably the first three Less Than Zero, Alison and (The Angels Wanna Wear My ) Red Shoes did not chart
When you think of some of the pap which has charted this just beggars belief.
Fortunately after this he was up and running.