Hear an in-studio performance and interview with British singer/songwriter Nick Lowe and rock historian Ed Ward on this edition of Fresh Air.
Nick Lowe's best known songs include "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding", "Cruel to be Kind", and "The Beast in Me" (which Johnny Cash recorded). Lowe's new album is At My Age. In the early 1970s, Lowe played London's pub rock scene in the band Brinsley Schwarz. After the band broke up in 1975, he produced five albums for Elvis Costello. Lowe also worked with Dave Edmunds and the group Rockpile. In 1992 he was one quarter of the band Little Village, with John Hiatt and Ry Cooder. Since 1994 he's released a number of solo albums.
Then, Ed Ward tells the story of soul singer Lorraine Ellison, whose big hit was the song "Stay with Me." [Broadcast Date: July 24, 2007