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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 19 June 1948Rangoon, Burma
Date of Death 25 November 1974Tanworth-in-Arden, England, UK  (overdose of Triptizol)
Birth NameNicholas Rodney Drake
Height 6' 3" (1.91 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Fabled singer/songwriter who only recorded three albums in his short lifetime. "Five Leaves Left" rightly brought him acclaim from the folk crowd, although the exquisite arrangements on follow-up "Bryter Layter" received surprisingly stilted attention upon release. Nick became disillusioned with the music scene due to this lack of recognition (which he'd eerily predicted in the lyrics of "Fruit Tree" on his debut album). Besides the title track, final set "Pink Moon" is a sparse affair featuring only Nick and an acoustic guitar. Twenty years after his death, the adulation he craved finally began to arrive.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: sunlollyseller

Trade Mark (2)

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Withdrawn and mysterious persona, contributing to his being posthumously viewed as "tragic romantic"

Trivia (16)

Nick's older sister, Gabrielle Drake, is an actress of some renown in Britain.
Attended Fitzwilliam College in Cambridge
His final album, Pink Moon, was recorded over two nights.
Was suffering so badly from depression during the recording of his Pink Moon album that he rarely spoke at all.
His final album was called Pink Moon. A true "pink moon" is sometimes regarded as an omen of death.
His father was an engineer.
Learned to play the flute while attending Marlborough College.
Studied English literature at Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge.
Signed to Island Records.
Died from an overdose of the anti-depressant Tryptizol. The coroner ruled his death a suicide, but this was staunchly disputed by family and friends.
The 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."
Parents are Rodney and Molly Drake.
Grew up and died in a house called Far Leys.
Is 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.
In 1993, TIME chose Nick's debut album Five Leaves Left as one of the 100 best albums of all time.
His song, "Day Is Done", was recorded by Norah Jones on the Charlie Hunter Quartet's album, "Songs from the Analog Playground" (released in 2001).

Personal Quotes (4)

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

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