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Cruel To Be Kind

03:30
Nick Lowe
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Nick Lowe had a knack for writing songs that became instant earworms, even when he didn't sing them himself. He's written and produced for Elvis Costello, Paul Carrack, John Hiatt, Fabulous Thunderbirds and Johnny Cash...which isn't as odd as it sounds since he was married to Cash's stepdaughter, Carlene Carter. Nonetheless, the indelibly catchy and timeless "Cruel to be Kind" was Lowe's only US hit (reaching #12 on the Billboard chart in 1979). Guess he did this one in the right measure...

I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the passing of yet another music icon this week, Glenn Frey. He was the farthest thing from a OHW, even in this solo career, and he left behind an amazing legacy for the world to continue enjoying, even if it is on the "oldies" stations. Take it easy up there, Glenn. You deserve the rest.

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