13 Facts About Nick Lowe

1.

Nicholas Drain Lowe was born on 24 March 1949 and is an English singer-songwriter, musician and producer.

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2.

Nick Lowe is best known for the songs "Cruel to Be Kind" and "I Love the Sound of Breaking Glass", as well as his production work with Elvis Costello, Graham Parker, and others.

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3.

Nick Lowe wrote " Peace, Love, and Understanding", a hit for Costello and "I Knew the Bride ", a hit for Rockpile bandmate Dave Edmunds.

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4.

Nick Lowe began his musical career in 1967, when he joined the band Kippington Lodge, along with his school friend Brinsley Schwarz.

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5.

Nick Lowe wrote some of his best-known compositions while a member of the band, including " Peace, Love, and Understanding", a hit for Elvis Costello in 1979; and "Cruel to Be Kind", in 1979, Nick Lowe's single and biggest worldwide hit, co-written with bandmate Ian Gomm.

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6.

The joke was repeated when Nick Lowe produced the Rumour's album Max as an 'answer' to Fleetwood Mac's Rumours.

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7.

Nick Lowe was quoted as saying that he had "escaped from the tyranny of the snare drum" in No Depression, when explaining his move away from regular pop music that would get played on mainstream radio.

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8.

In 1979, Nick Lowe married country singer Carlene Carter, daughter of fellow country singers Carl Smith and June Carter Cash and stepdaughter of Johnny Cash.

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9.

Nick Lowe played and recorded with Johnny Cash, and Cash recorded several of Lowe's songs.

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10.

Nick Lowe was a member of the short-lived mainly studio project Little Village with John Hiatt, Ry Cooder and Jim Keltner, who originally got together to record Hiatt's 1987 album Bring the Family.

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11.

Nick Lowe played Glastonbury 2011, performing a short solo set of Brinsley Schwarz tracks on The Spirit of 71 stage, where they played back in 1971, before heading to the Acoustic Stage for a full band show.

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12.

Nick Lowe wrote a number of songs with clever wordplay that qualify as "novelties", among them:.

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13.

Nick Lowe produced Elvis Costello's first five albums, from 1977 to 1981, including My Aim Is True, This Year's Model, and Armed Forces, which spun off numerous UK hit singles.

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