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Tanworth-in-Arden, England (1967 – 1974)

Nick Drake (Nicholas Rodney Drake, Rangoon, Burma, June 19, 1948 - Tanworth-in-Arden, England, November 25, 1974) was an English singer known for his gentle, enigmatic songs and his virtuoso right-hand finger picking technique.

Although he recorded only three albums, critics and fellow musicians hold his work in very high esteem. Drake failed to find a wide audience during his lifetime, and had a strong aversion to performing. Since his death, however, Drake’s music has gained a significant cult following.

Drake’s father worked as an engineer. Although he was born in Rangoon, Burma, Nick’s family moved back to England soon afterward, and Drake was brought up in Tanworth-in-Arden, a small village in the English county of Warwickshire. He went to public school at Marlborough College, where he learned to play the clarinet and piano. As a young adult, Drake enrolled in Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, to study English. His older sister, Gabrielle Drake, is an actress.

Drake was a fan of British and the emerging American music scene, including artists Bob Dylan and Phil Ochs. While a university student, Drake began performing in local clubs and coffee houses. He was discovered by Ashley Hutchings, the bass player of the group Fairport Convention. Hutchings introduced Drake to the other members of Fairport Convention, folk singer John Martyn and producer Joe Boyd.

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  • will-neill

    He's the kind of artist where it seems almost vital to listen to as much of his body of work as is possible. If you don't listen to at least the three original studio albums, you don't know what you're missing out on.

    12 Jul 2:54am Reply
  • juliacfonseca

    Sing me to sleep sweet Nick... ♥

    8 Jul 1:14am Reply
  • RussellChap

    If you love the string arrangements by Robert Kirby on Five Leaves Left then you'll enjoy Shelagh McDonald - Stargazer & Keith Christmas - Pigmy albums.

    3 Jul 12:07pm Reply
  • SaraBeeJim

    <3 Pink Moon

    28 Jun 4:52pm Reply
  • Wubzilla

    don't know what I would of done all these years if it wasn't for these albums

    27 Jun 9:04pm Reply
  • mandybula1995

    Какие прекрасные произведения....кожа слишком тонка

    23 Jun 4:03pm Reply
  • idiotintraining

    Happy Birthday Nicholas

    20 Jun 12:34am Reply
  • Patrizia_Hyou

    Happy Birthday Nick, I love you!! ♥

    19 Jun 9:15pm Reply
  • D3licateBalance

    Happy Birthday sweet angel <3

    19 Jun 1:23pm Reply
  • Triptolemos

    Happy birthday, rest in pieces x

    19 Jun 1:21pm Reply
  • iyers

    Many Happy Returns of the day. Thanks for your music.

    19 Jun 10:09am Reply
  • worst_astronaut

    Happy birthday, our heavenly maestro!

    19 Jun 6:42am Reply
  • will-neill

    Akimp, he was depressive towards the end of his life, but that was likely only 3 years of his life, by this point, he was already known to his friends as a friendly, witty, dry, intelligent man, which I feel is more representative of him as a person. Five Leaves Left and Bryter Layter aren't the albums written and performed by a man deep in depression.

    15 Jun 12:24pm Reply
  • davidbotdelft

    I have recently been listening to music from before my time and so far Nick Drake has been my favourite. What a great artist.

    12 Jun 2:41pm Reply
  • wiseblood-

    A wise and noble spirit

    12 Jun 2:30am Reply
  • juliacfonseca

    Like a comet came fast but left its luster...

    7 Jun 5:45pm Reply
  • Akimp

    how is it inaccurate when he killed himself cause of depression? cant get more depressive than that. His songs on the other hand are something else.

    1 Jun 11:41am Reply
  • will-neill

    Please don't paint him as this permanently depressed individual, or as an icon for sadness or depression, as this is for the most part inaccurate.

    22 May 5:15pm Reply
  • felipelordao

    so calm... i love you, drake

    22 May 10:45am Reply
  • potentgirt

    http://willychristie.bandcamp.com Nick Drake is a huge influence on this album.

    18 May 7:56pm Reply
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