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Ervin Drake (1919–2015)

Songwriter ("It Was a Very Good Year", "I Believe", "Tico Tico", "Perdido", "Quando Quando Quando"), composer, author and producer, educated at Juilliard, City College of New York, BSS. He edited the college magazine "Mercury". For the Broadway show "What Makes Sammy Run?", he wrote the stage scores and song lyrics. Joining ASCAP in 1958, his ... See full bio »

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 2013 Behind the Candelabra (TV Movie) (writer: "Tico Tico")
 2013 Girls (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- It's Back (2013) ... (writer: "Al di là")
 2009 The Queens of Country (Video) (writer: "I Believe")
 2006 Austin City Limits (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- Gretchen Wilson/Miranda Lambert (2006) ... (writer: "Good Morning Heartache")
 2005 American Masters (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- No Direction Home: Bob Dylan (2005) ... (writer: "Beloved Be Faithful")
 2005 The Matador (writer: " (Yo Te Amo Mucho) And That's That" (1946))
 2004 Cold Case (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Red Glare (2004) ... (writer: "I Believe" - uncredited)
 2001 One Night with Robbie Williams (TV Special documentary) (writer: "It Was a Very Good Year")
 2000 The Sopranos (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Guy Walks Into a Psychiatrist's Office (2000) ... (writer: "It Was A Very Good Year")
 1997 Seven Years in Tibet (writer: "Perdido")
 1995 Top of the Pops (TV Series) (writer - 3 episodes)
- Episode dated 30 November 1995 (1995) ... (writer: "I Believe")
- Episode dated 23 November 1995 (1995) ... (writer: "I Believe")
- Episode dated 16 November 1995 (1995) ... (writer: "I Believe")
 1994 Radioland Murders (writer: "Tico Tico")
 1993 The Pickle (writer: "Good Morning Heartache")
 1993 The Simpsons (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Duffless (1993) ... (writer: "It Was a Very Good Year" - uncredited)
 1992 Mystery Science Theater 3000 (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Attack of the the Eye Creatures (1992) ... (writer: "It Was a Very Good Year")
 1992 Diana Ross Live! The Lady Sings... Jazz & Blues: Stolen Moments (TV Special documentary) (writer: "Good Morning Heartache")
 1992 Sinatra (TV Movie) (writer: "It Was a Very Good Year")
 1992 Strictly Ballroom (writer: "Os Quindins De Yaya")
 1991 Jungle Fever (lyrics: "It Was a Very Good Year") / (music: "It Was a Very Good Year")
 1989 Goldeneye (TV Movie) (writer: "Good Morning Heartache" - uncredited)
 1989/I True Love (writer: "Al Di La")
 1988 Matlock (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Lovelorn (1988) ... (writer: "Advice To The Lovelorn" - uncredited)
 1987 Withnail & I (writer: "My Friend")
 1987 Radio Days (lyrics: "Tico Tico" (1942))
 1986 Saturday Night Live (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Robin Williams/Paul Simon (1986) ... (writer: "It was a very good year" - uncredited)
 1980 The Dick Emery Hour (TV Movie) (writer: "It was a Very Good Year")
 1978 The Muppet Show (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Jean Stapleton (1978) ... (lyrics: "Tico Tico")
 1977 Rhoda (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Johnny's Solo Flight (1977) ... (writer: "I Believe" - uncredited)
 1976 Dolly (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.24 ... (writer: "I Believe" - as Drake)
 1970 Jimmy Durante Presents the Lennon Sisters (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.21 (1970) ... (writer: "The Father of Girls" - uncredited)
  Petticoat Junction (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode, 1966) (music - 1 episode, 1966)
- The Almost Annual Charity Show (1966) ... (lyrics: "I Believe" - uncredited) / (music: "I Believe" - uncredited)
 1965 Frank Sinatra: A Man and His Music (TV Special) (writer: "It Was a Very Good Year" - uncredited)
 1958 The Frank Sinatra Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Pat Suzuki and Natalie Wood (1958) ... (writer: "I Believe" - uncredited)
 1955 The Jane Froman Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Final Show (1955) ... (writer: "I Believe")
 1951 Across the Wide Missouri (lyrics: "Across The Wide Missouri") / (music: "Across The Wide Missouri")
 1949 Holiday in Havana (writer: "Made For Each Other")
 1948 Texas, Brooklyn & Heaven ("Texas, Brooklyn and Heaven")
 1948 Arch of Triumph (lyrics: "Long After Tonight" (1948) - uncredited)
 1946 Holiday in Mexico (writer: "Yo Te Amo Much - And That's That" - uncredited)
 1946 Beware (writer: "Good Morning, Heartache")
 1946 Heartbeat (lyrics: "The Heartbeat Song (Can You Guess?)" - uncredited)
 1944 Kansas City Kitty (lyrics: "Tico-tico, no fubá")
 1944 Bathing Beauty (lyrics: "Tico-tico no fubá" (1917) - uncredited)
 1943 Thousands Cheer (lyrics: "Tico Tico" - uncredited)
Show Show Music department (5 credits)
Show Show Writer (2 credits)
Show Show Composer (1 credit)
Show Show Producer (1 credit)

Personal Details

Other Works:

Wrote the songs for the 1964 Broadway musical version of Budd Schulberg's 1941 novel "What Makes Sammy Run". See more »

Alternate Names:

Erwin Drake

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Personal Quote:

My 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]


He 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. See more »

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