Nick Lowe Biography
Nick Lowe was born on March 24, 1949, in Suffolk, ENGLAND, but because his father was a pilot in the Royal Air Force, he mostly grew up in Cyprus and Jordan. Given his father's vocation, Lowe spent most of his time with his mother.
In 1968, Lowe received a phone call from guitarist Brinsley Schwarz,
an old school friend who had landed himself a record deal with EMI. Schwarz's
group was a fairly generic British Pop-Rock outfit called Kippington Lodge
and Lowe signed on as a lead singer and bassist. At the end of 1969, though,
five singles later, the band hadn't scored so much as a minor hit.
Lowe then hooked up with his old manager Dave Robinson and his new manager Jake Riviera to start Stiff Records in 1976 but after Elvis Costello's debut album, "My Aim Is True", he left Stiff, along with Costello and followed Jake Riviera to his new label, Radar.
By 1978, Nick Lowe issued his solo debut album "Jesus Of Cool" which featured his first U.K. top 10 hit, "(I Love The Sound Of) Breaking Glass"; the LP, released in the U.S. as "Pure Pop For Now People", reached #127 on Pop Albums chart.
The next year he married Country-Rock singer Carlene Carter and after touring the United States with his backup band, Rockpile, Lowe recorded and released "Labour Of Lust", the disc peaked at #31 on the American Pop Albums chart while the main single, "Cruel To Be Kind", shot to #12 on both the U.S. and U.K. Pop charts.
At the close of the '70s, Nick Lowe was on top of the mountain. The '80s were another story.
He continued to produce good records for other acts and in early 1982 released his proper third LP, "Nick The Knife", which reached the #50 position on the Billboard's Pop Albums chart and the main single, "Stick It Where The Sun Don't Shine", failed to chart.
As the decade progressed, Lowe drank too much, gave up producing altogether and recorded four albums, 1983's "The Abominable Showman", one year later "Nick Lowe And His Cowboy Outfit", "The Rose Of England" in 1985 and 1988's "Pinker And Prouder Than Previous", but neither of these albums were able to crack the top 100 of The Billboard 200 list producing only one Mainstream Rock top 30 hit with "I Knew The Bride (When She Used To Rock 'N' Roll)" in 1985.
It was around this time that Lowe suffered from depression. Friends tried to snap him out of it, Costello got him to produce his 1986 album, "Blood & Chocolate" but with limited success.
And in 1990, his marriage to Carlene Carter ended in divorce; that same year he released "Party Of One" which made a brief chart intrusion on The Billboard Top 200 Albums list at #182.
Nick Lowe returned in November 1994 with "The Impossible Bird"; it's easily his most mature and personal album to date.
January 1998 saw the release of "Dig My Mood". "The Convincer" followed in October 2001 reaching the #36 position on the U.S. Top Independent Albums chart.
"At My Age" was the next album from Nick Lowe and his first in nearly six years; the horn-drenched track "The Club" was the highlight on the CD which was released in June 2007 and went top 30 on Billboard's Independent Albums chart.
"The Old Magic" followed in September 2011 and debuted at #84 on The Billboard Top 200 Albums chart.