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    (March 24, 1949- )
    Born in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England, United Kingdom
    Co-founder of Kippington Lodge (later Brinsley Schwarz)
    Member of Noise To Go, The Cowboy Outfit and Little Village
    Married to Carlene Carter (1979–mid-80s)
    Songs include ‘So It Goes,’ ‘Halfway to Paradise,’ ‘Crackin’ Up,’ ‘I Love the Sound of Broken Glass,’ ‘Cruel to Be Kind,’ ‘Half a Boy and Half a Man,’ ‘I Knew the Bride,’ ‘Time Wounds All Heels’ and ‘True Love Travels on a Gravel Road’
    Albums include ‘Jesus of Cool,’ ‘Pure Pop for Now People,’ ‘Labour of Lust,’ ‘Nick the Knife,’ ‘Party of One,’ ‘The Convincer’ and ‘At My Age’
    Thanks to his rough production style, he was nicknamed ‘Basher.’
    A reworked – and solo – version of ‘Cruel to Be Kind’ was his only Billboard Top 40 entry (at #12, 1979).
    He tried to escape his contractual obligation to the United Artists label by writing a string of deliberately unmarketable pop singles. Though it eventually worked, one song went to the Bay City Rollers.
    According to the New York Daily News, he feared ‘sticking with what you did when you were famous’ — in other words, pigeonholing.
    He was a chronic boozer during the mid-80s.
    He was the son of a British Royal Air Force officer.
    He hated lengthy songs, opting for and encouraging the return of the three-minute single.
    His composition ‘What’s So Funny ’Bout Peace Love, and Understanding’ was covered by Elvis Costello and Curtis Stigers. Both versions earned him enough in royalties to set him for life.
    He remained close to the Carter and Cash families after he divorced Carlene.

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