This Day In Music 24.03.2016
Born on 24 March 1949 in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England, he began his musical career in 1967, when he joined the band Kippington Lodge.
They released a few singles as Kippington Lodge before they renamed the band Brinsley Schwarz in late 1969. Lowe wrote some of his best-known compositions while a member of Brinsley Schwarz ( including (What's So Funny About) Peace, Love and Understanding and Cruel to Be Kind)
After leaving Brinsley Schwarz in 1975 Lowe began playing bass in Rockpile with Dave Edmunds. In 1977 Stiff Records released four-track EP Bowi, apparently named in response to David Bowie's contemporaneous LP Low.
Because the two main singers in Rockpile had recording contracts with different record labels and managers, albums were always credited to either Lowe or Edmunds, so there is only one official Rockpile album, 1980's Seconds of Pleasure. However, two of the pair's most significant solo albums from the period, Lowe's Labor of Lust and Edmunds' Repeat When Necessary were effectively Rockpile albums.
Well-known Lowe songs include I Love the Sound of Breaking Glass, All Men Are Liars, and Cruel to Be Kind, co-written with Ian Gomm and originally recorded with Brinsley Schwarz. A re-recording of Cruel to Be Kind was his only US Top 40 hit reaching #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1979.
Nick Lowe - Cruel to Be Kind
Nick Lowe - I Love The Sound Of Breaking Glass
Lowe returned with Nick the Knife in February of 1982, supporting the album with a band featuring guitarist Martin Belmont and keyboardist Paul Carrack; the group was first called the Chaps, but their name changed to Noise to Go.
During much of the mid-'80s, Lowe suffered from alcohol abuse, but with the assistance of his old mates Costello and Riviera, he recovered and gave up looking for a crossover pop hit, concentrating on country-rock and roots rock.
In 1986 he formed the supergroup Little Village with John Hiatt, Ry Cooder and Jim Keltner. While he was working on material for a new album, his composition "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding," which had previously been a hit for Elvis Costello, was covered by Curtis Stigers for the soundtrack to Whitney Houston's film The Bodyguard. The album became the biggest-selling soundtrack album in history and, in the process, Lowe unexpectedly became a millionaire from the songwriting royalties.
Curtis Stigers ~ (What 'S So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding from The Bodyguard soundtrack
Elvis Costello & The Attractions - (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding
Nick Lowe performing (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding on a live acoustic session
In 1998, Lowe returned with Dig My Mood, followed by a series of three albums for Yep Roc: 2001's The Convincer, 2004's live Untouched Takeaway and 2007's At My Age. His fourth outing for the label, The Old Magic, followed in 2011.
On 29 October 2013 Lowe released his first Christmas album, Quality Street, on Yep Roc Records.