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Nick Drake


British folk singer-songwriter who posthumously gained fame for songs like “Red Moon” and “Dark Eyed Puppy.” He broke the 100-backyard dash record and performed rugby at his senior high school. He released three albums before his loss of life: Five Leaves Remaining, Bryter Layter, and Red Moon. He includes a sister called Gabrielle. His music “THAT MAY” was included in vocalist Lucinda Williams .

Quick Facts

Full Name Nick Drake
Date Of Birth June 19, 1948
Place Of Birth England
Height 1.91 m
Profession Folk Singer
Education Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, Marlborough College, Eagle House School, University of Cambridge, University of Provence
Nationality Burmese, English
Parents Molly Drake, Rodney Drake
Siblings Gabrielle Drake
Movies They've Got Knut, Your Place In The Clouds
Star Sign Gemini

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1His song, "Day Is Done", was recorded by Norah Jones on the Charlie Hunter Quartet's album, "Songs from the Analog Playground" (released in 2001).
2In 1993, TIME chose Nick's debut album Five Leaves Left as one of the 100 best albums of all time.
3Is buried in a Tanworth-in-Arden cemetery. In the church next to the cemetery, there is an plaque on the organ in memory of Nick. His parents donated money for one of the organ stops in Nick's memory. Once a year, the church organist plans a special recital of Nick's songs, and the townspeople come and sing in tribute.
4Grew up and died in a house called Far Leys.
5Parents are Rodney and Molly Drake.
6The back of his headstone reads, "Now we rise, and we are everywhere." This is a line taken from one of his own songs, "From The Morning."
7Died from an overdose of the anti-depressant Tryptizol. The coroner ruled his death a suicide, but this was staunchly disputed by family and friends.
8Signed to Island Records.
9Studied English literature at Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge.
10Learned to play the flute while attending Marlborough College.
11His father was an engineer.
12His final album was called Pink Moon. A true "pink moon" is sometimes regarded as an omen of death.
13Was suffering so badly from depression during the recording of his Pink Moon album that he rarely spoke at all.
14His final album, Pink Moon, was recorded over two nights.
15Attended Fitzwilliam College in Cambridge
16Nick's older sister, Gabrielle Drake, is an actress of some renown in Britain.



CatastropheTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2015 writer - 1 episode, 2015
ElementaryTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2015 writer - 1 episode, 2015
ParenthoodTV Series performer - 2 episodes, 2013 - 2015 writer - 2 episodes, 2013 - 2015
The Blacklist2014TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Bag Man2014/Iperformer: "The Day Is Done" / writer: "The Day Is Done"
Barefoot2014/Iperformer: "Pink Moon" / writer: "Pink Moon"
A Perfect Man2013writer: "RIVER MAN", "WAY TO BLUE"
How I Live Now2013lyrics: "Which Will" / music: "Which Will" / performer: "Which Will"
Le Week-End2013lyrics: "Pink Moon", "Road" / music: "Pink Moon", "Road" / performer: "Pink Moon", "Road"
Something in the Air2012performer: "Know" / writer: "Know"
Hunky Dory2011writer: "Cello Song"
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior2011TV Series performer - 1 episode
MisfitsTV Series performer - 2 episodes, 2009 - 2010 writer - 1 episode, 2010
The Way2010/Iperformer: "Pink Moon"
Honeymooner2010performer: "Pink Moon" / writer: "Pink Moon"
The Blind Side2009writer: "Cello Song"
Flashforward2009TV Series 1 episode
Bandslam2009performer: "Road" / writer: "Road"
The Swimsuit Issue2008writer: "Fly"
Seven Pounds2008performer: "One of These Things First" / writer: "One of These Things First"
The Beautiful Person2008TV Movie performer: "Way To the Blue", "Fly", "Day Is Done", "Northern Sky" / writer: "Way To the Blue", "Fly", "Day Is Done", "Northern Sky"
Vice2008performer: "Time Has Told Me" / writer: "Time Has Told Me"
What Just Happened2008performer: "Poor Boy" / writer: "Poor Boy"
Deep Water2006Documentary performer: "Cello Song" / writer: "Cello Song"
The Lake House2006performer: "Pink Moon" 1971, "Time Has Told Me" 1968 / writer: "Pink Moon" 1971, "Time Has Told Me" 1968
Waterloo Road2006TV Series performer - 1 episode
Driving Lessons2006performer: "Pink Moon" / writer: "Pink Moon"
My Name Is EarlTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2005 writer - 1 episode, 2005
Nearing Grace2005performer: "Time Has Told Me" / writer: "Time Has Told Me"
Fever Pitch2005performer: "Northern Sky" 1970 / writer: "Northern Sky" 1970
Garden State2004performer: "One of These Things First" 1970 / writer: "One of These Things First" 1970
The Boys of 2nd Street Park2003TV Movie documentary performer: "Fly" / writer: "Fly" - as Nicholas Rodney Drake
My Name Is Tanino2002performer: "Cello Song" / writer: "Cello Song"
Oesters van Nam Kee2002writer: "River Man"
True Dreams2002"Cello Song"
The Good Girl2002performer: "Black Eyed Dog" 1986, "Cello Song" 1969 / writer: "Black Eyed Dog" 1986, "Cello Song" 1969
The Royal Tenenbaums2001performer: "Fly" / writer: "Fly"
Serendipity2001performer: "Northern Sky" / writer: "Black Eyed Dog", "Northern Sky"
Me Without You2001performer: "Cello Song" 1969 / writer: "Cello Song" 1969
Crush2001/Iperformer: "One of These Things First", "Cello Song" / writer: "One of These Things First", "Cello Song"
Things Behind the Sun2001performer: "Things Behind the Sun" / writer: "Things Behind the Sun"
Young Americans2000TV Series 1 episode
Opposite SexTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2000 writer - 1 episode, 2000
Ratcatcher1999performer: "Cello Song" / writer: "Cello Song"
Practical Magic1998performer: "Black Eyed Dog" / writer: "Black Eyed Dog"
Hideous Kinky1998writer: "Road"
Speak Like a Child1998performer: "Saturday Sun" / writer: "Saturday Sun"
Dad Savage1998performer: "Day is Done" / writer: "Day is Done"
Shooting Stars1997performer: "Saturday Sun" / writer: "Saturday Sun"
Dream with the Fishes1997performer: "River Man" / writer: "River Man"
Kicking and Screaming1995performer: "Time of No Reply" / writer: "Time of No Reply"

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A Skin Too Few: The Days of Nick Drake2002DocumentaryHimself

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1If my music ever did anything to one single person, it would be worth it.
2Under moments of stress, you forget so easily the lies, the truth and the pain.
3I can't think of words. I feel no emotion about anything. I don't want to laugh or cry. I'm numb-dead inside.
4I can't cope, all the defences are gone. All the nerves are exposed.

1Withdrawn and mysterious persona, contributing to his being posthumously viewed as "tragic romantic"
2Somber folk music with thoughtful yet oblique lyrics

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