The daughter of folksinger Ewan MacColl, Kirsty was signed to Stiff Records as a 16-year-old, but had to wait a few years for her first hit, which came in the form of 1981's "There’s A Guy Works Down The Chip Shop Swears He’s Elvis." A sought-after guest vocalist already, MacColl would permanently etch herself into pop music memory via her 1987 duet with Shane McGowan on the Pogues' immortal holiday heartbreaker "Fairytale of New York." Though hardly prolific, MacColl was an adventurous and versatile singer and songwriter whose albums always encompassed a seamless variety of pop styles. To wit, MacColl released the sparkling Latin American-tinged collection, TROPICAL BRIANSTORM in 2000. Tragically, she was killed while swimming with her children off the coast of Mexico in December 2000.