Lofgren was born in Chicago in to an Italian mother and a Swedish father. When he was a young child, the family moved to the Washington, D. Lofgren's first instrument was classical accordion , beginning at age five,  which he studied seriously for ten years. Lofgren had been a competitive gymnast in high school, a skill that was used on stage later in his performing career and reflected in the name of his album, Flip.
Lofgren joined Young's band at age 19, playing piano and guitar on the album After the Gold Rush. He has also been a recurring member of Crazy Horse —; ; —present , appearing on their LP and contributing songs to their catalogue.
Lofgren used the Neil Young album credits to land Grin a record deal in The single "White Lies" got heavy airplay on Washington, D. Lofgren wrote the majority of the group's songs, and often shared vocal duties with other members of the band primarily drummer Bob Berberich. After the second album Nils added brother Tom Lofgren as a rhythm guitarist.
Grin failed to hit the big time, and were released by their record company. Grin disbanded in Lofgren's eponymous debut solo album was a success with critics; a Rolling Stone review by Jon Landau labeled it one of the finest rock albums of the year, and NME ranked it fifth on its list of albums of the year.
Lofgren's concerts displayed his reputation for theatrics, such as playing guitar while doing flips on a trampoline. In he wrote and sang the "Nobody Bothers Me" theme for a D. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band movie.
Lofgren is credited on two of Lou Gramm 's of Foreigner solo albums: Ready or Not released in Lofgren listed as lead guitarist and "Long Hard Look" released in Nils listed as one of the guitarists.
In he contributed the TV Show theme arrangement for Hunter. In he contributed to The Simpsons , with two Christmas jingles with Bart. From to he was the CableAce Awards musical director and composer. Australian Recording Industry Association. November 4, Retrieved November 2, Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana.
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