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Ervin Drake

Biography

Most widely known for composing IT HAD BEEN a good Year and I REALLY BELIEVE, two American Songbook criteria. He graduated from the town College of NY using a bachelor of arts level in social research in 1940. He was inducted in to the Songwriters Hall of Popularity in 1983. He was created to Potential Druckman and Pearl Cohen. His youthful sibling Arnold Drake was a favorite comic book article writer for sector stalwarts DC and Marvel. His melody It Was a good Year was included in such legends as Frank Sinatra and William Shatner.

Quick Facts


Full Name Ervin Drake
Date Of Birth April 3, 1919
Place Of Birth New York City, NY
Profession Composer
Education Townsend Harris High School
Nationality American
Star Sign Aries

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#Fact
1He graduated in 1940 from City College of New York where he had majored in art, hoping to pursue illustration if music fell through. A bad heart kept him from military service in WWII.
2He began writing music when he was 12. While attending the City College of New York, he hung out at the offices of music publishers. His breakthrough came in the early 1940s, when he accepted a job that more-experienced tunesmiths turned down: supplying English words to Latin American melodies.
3His brother Milton Drake was the lyricist of "Mairzy Doats" and other popular songs in the 1940s, and his other brother Arnold Drake became a noted comic book illustrator.
4Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1983.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2016TV Series writer - 1 episode
Divendres2015TV Series writer - 1 episode
Carol2015writer: "Perdido"
Swing2014/Iwriter: "Tico Tico"
Behind the Candelabra2013TV Movie writer: "Tico Tico"
Girls2013TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Queens of Country2009Video writer: "I Believe"
United States of Tara2009TV Series writer - 1 episode
Austin City Limits2006TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
American Masters2005TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
The Matador2005writer: " Yo Te Amo Mucho And That's That" 1946
Cold Case2004TV Series writer - 1 episode
Australian Idol2003TV Series writer - 1 episode
One Night with Robbie Williams2001TV Special documentary writer: "It Was a Very Good Year"
The Sopranos2000TV Series writer - 1 episode
Seven Years in Tibet1997writer: "Perdido"
Top of the Pops1995TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Stars in Their Eyes1995TV Series writer - 1 episode
Radioland Murders1994writer: "Tico Tico"
The Pickle1993writer: "Good Morning Heartache"
The Simpsons1993TV Series writer - 1 episode
Mystery Science Theater 30001992TV Series writer - 1 episode
Diana Ross Live! The Lady Sings... Jazz & Blues: Stolen Moments1992TV Special documentary writer: "Good Morning Heartache"
Sinatra1992TV Mini-Series writer: "It Was a Very Good Year"
Blue Ice1992writer: "Perdido" - as Drake
Strictly Ballroom1992writer: "Os Quindins De Yaya"
Jungle Fever1991lyrics: "It Was a Very Good Year" / music: "It Was a Very Good Year"
Goldeneye1989TV Movie writer: "Good Morning Heartache" - uncredited
True Love1989/Iwriter: "Al Di La"
Growing Pains1988TV Series writer - 1 episode
Matlock1988TV Series writer - 1 episode
Withnail & I1987writer: "My Friend"
Radio Days1987lyrics: "Tico Tico" 1942
Saturday Night Live1986TV Series writer - 1 episode
Cheers1985TV Series writer - 1 episode
Zoot Suit1981writer: "Perdido" - uncredited
The Dick Emery Hour1980TV Movie writer: "It was a Very Good Year"
The First 40 Years1980TV Special writer: "It Was a Very Good Year" - uncredited
The Muppet Show1978TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
Rhoda1977TV Series writer - 1 episode
Dolly1976TV Series writer - 1 episode
Frank Sinatra: The Main Event1974TV Movie documentary writer: "It Was a Very Good Year" - uncredited
Jimmy Durante Presents the Lennon Sisters1970TV Series writer - 1 episode
Petticoat JunctionTV Series lyrics - 1 episode, 1966 music - 1 episode, 1966
Frank Sinatra: A Man and His Music1965TV Special writer: "It Was a Very Good Year" - uncredited
The Frank Sinatra Show1958TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Jane Froman Show1955TV Series writer - 1 episode
Across the Wide Missouri1951lyrics: "Across The Wide Missouri" / music: "Across The Wide Missouri"
Holiday in Havana1949writer: "Made For Each Other"
Texas, Brooklyn & Heaven1948"Texas, Brooklyn and Heaven"
Arch of Triumph1948lyrics: "Long After Tonight" 1948 - uncredited
Holiday in Mexico1946writer: "Yo Te Amo Much - And That's That" - uncredited
Beware1946writer: "Good Morning, Heartache"
Heartbeat1946lyrics: "The Heartbeat Song Can You Guess?" - uncredited
Kansas City Kitty1944lyrics: "Tico-tico, no fubá"
Bathing Beauty1944lyrics: "Tico-tico no fubá" 1917 - uncredited
Thousands Cheer1943lyrics: "Tico Tico" - uncredited

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Battle of the Villa Fiorita1965composer: song "Our Crazy Affair"
Wendy and Me1964TV Series composer: theme "Wendy"
The Seasons of Youth1961TV Movie composer: additional music
The Jane Froman Show1955TV Series songs - 3 episodes
Foreign Intrigue1951TV Series composer: theme "Intrigue"

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Be Our Guest1960TV Series 1 episode
Frankie Laine Time1955TV Series 1 episode
The Jane Froman Show1955TV Series story - 3 episodes

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson1979TV Series 4 episodes

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Seasons of Youth1961TV Movie executive producer

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#Quote
1My father said to me that he did not want to aid and abet me on the road to hell, and he insisted I come into his business [wholesale furniture]...I had a feeling I never would have been in the furniture man's hall of fame. [in an interview with the New York Times upon his induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1983]


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