Joe Jackson (born August 11 1954 in Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, as David Ian Jackson) is an English musician. Jackson is probably best-known for the 1982 hit song "Steppin' Out", which still gets extensive FM radio airplay, and for his 1979 hit, "Is She Really Going Out With Him?", which was a hit on college radio before becoming a mainstream hit. He was popular for his power-pop and New Wave sound early on before moving to more ecclectic, though less successful, pop/jazz/classical musical pieces. He 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 1970's, along with Elvis Costello and Graham Parker.
Although born in Staffordshire, Jackson grew up in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England.
He started off learning to play the violin but soon switched to piano. From the age of 16 he played in bars, and won a scholarship to study musical composition at London's Royal Academy of Music. Jackson did not like the prospect of being a serious composer, and moved towards pop and rock.