Cruel to be Kind – Nick Lowe (1979)
This British singer, songwriter, and producer may be known to most Americans as a “one-hit wonder” (with this single), but he has an impressive portfolio of other artistic credits. As a record producer, he produced Elvis Costello’s first five albums and The Damned’s first single – all in the late 70’s. As a songwriter, he composed his own music, including a ditty called “Peace, Love & Understanding” (made famous by Costello in the US). Lowe has continued to be a prolific recording artist over the years, releasing albums and touring regularly. His most recent studio album was released in September 2011, and he’s currently booked to tour Europe & Australia for most of 2012.