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Nick Lowe

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Walton-on-Thames, England (1966 – present)

Nick Lowe (born Nicholas Drain Lowe, 24 March 1949, Walton-on-Thames, England) is a well-respected British singer-songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. A pivotal figure in U.K. , , , and throughout the and later, Lowe was a key member of bands such as Brinsley Schwarz and Rockpile (with Dave Edmunds). Perhaps best known for his songs “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love, And Understanding” and “Cruel to Be Kind”, he has also famously done production work for Elvis Costello. Along with vocals, Lowe plays guitar, bass guitar, piano, and harmonica. In addition to his band membership, Lowe has recorded a string of well-reviewed solo albums.

Lowe began his recording career in 1966 as a member of group Kippington Lodge, founded with his friend Brinsley Schwarz. That band released a few singles on Parlophone. Three years later, Kippington Lodge had changed its name to Brinsley Schwarz and its musical focus to and .

After leaving Brinsley Schwarz in the mid-1970s, Lowe began playing in Rockpile with Dave Edmunds. In August 1976 Lowe released “So It Goes” b/w “Heart of the City”, the first single on the Stiff Records label where he was in-house producer (the label’s first EP was Lowe’s 1977 four-track release Bowi, apparently named in response to David Bowie’s contemporary LP Low) .

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