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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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Known For

The Matador Soundtrack
(2005)
Radio Days Soundtrack
(1987)
Carol Soundtrack
(2015)
Withnail & I Soundtrack
(1987)

Filmography

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 2019 True Detective (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye (2019) ... (writer: "Good Morning Heartache")
 2018 Splitting Up Together (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Sign Language (2018) ... (lyrics: "Quando Quando Quando" - uncredited)
 2018 Little Italy (writer: "Al Di La")
 2017 Call the Midwife (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #6.7 (2017) ... (writer: "Quando, Quando, Quando" - uncredited)
 2016 The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Ricky Gervais/Ariana Grande (2016) ... (writer: "It Was a Very Good Year" - uncredited)
 2015 Divendres (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #6.207 (2015) ... (writer: "Good Morning Heartache")
 2015 Carol (writer: "Perdido")
 2014/I Swing (writer: "Tico Tico")
 2013 Behind the Candelabra (writer: "Tico Tico")
 2013 Girls (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- It's Back (2013) ... (writer: "Al di là")
 2012 Pop Charts Britannia: 60 Years of the Top 10 (TV Movie documentary) (writer: "I Believe")
 2012 You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet (writer: "It Was a Very Good Year" - as Erwin M. Drake)
 2009 The Queens of Country (Video) (writer: "I Believe")
 2009 United States of Tara (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Betrayal (2009) ... (writer: "Good Morning, Heartache" - uncredited)
 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)
 2003 Australian Idol (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Grand Final (2003) ... (writer: "Quando, Quando, Quando")
 2003 Star Search (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The One with Former *NSYNC Member Lance Bass (2003) ... (writer: "I Believe")
 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" - uncredited)
 1999 Sex and the City (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Man, the Myth, the Viagra (1999) ... (writer: "It Was a Very Good Year" - uncredited)
 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")
 1995 Stars in Their Eyes (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #6.3 (1995) ... (writer: "Good Morning Heartache")
 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 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 Mini-Series) (writer: "It Was a Very Good Year")
 1992 Blue Ice (writer: "Perdido" - as Drake)
 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 Growing Pains (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Graduation Day (1988) ... (writer: "It Was a Very Good Year" - uncredited)
 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)
 1985 Cheers (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Cheerio, Cheers (1985) ... (writer: "I Believe" - uncredited)
 1981 Zoot Suit (writer: "Perdido" - uncredited)
 1980 The Dick Emery Hour (TV Movie) (writer: "It was a Very Good Year")
 1980 The First 40 Years (TV Special) (writer: "It Was a Very Good Year" - uncredited)
 1978 The Muppet Show (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Jean Stapleton (1978) ... (lyrics: "Tico Tico" - uncredited)
 1977 Rhoda (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Johnny's Solo Flight (1977) ... (writer: "I Believe" - uncredited)
 1976 Dinah! (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #3.36 (1976) ... (writer: "I Believe")
 1976 Dolly (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.24 ... (writer: "I Believe" - as Drake)
 1974 Frank Sinatra: The Main Event (TV Special documentary) (writer: "It Was a Very Good Year" - uncredited)
 1972 Lady Sings the Blues (lyrics: "Good Morning Heartache" - uncredited) / (music: "Good Morning Heartache" - uncredited)
 1969-1970 Jazz Scene at the Ronnie Scott Club (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- George Chisholm and Kenny Baker All-Stars (1969) ... (writer: "Perdido")
 1970 Jimmy Durante Presents the Lennon Sisters (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Jerry Lewis, Jack Jones (1970) ... (writer: "The Father of Girls" - uncredited)
 1969 Here's Lucy (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Lucy at the Drive-In Movie (1969) ... (writer: "It Was a Very Good Year")
 1968 The Carol Burnett Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #2.6 (1968) ... (writer: "Father of Girls / Soliloquy")
 1967 Wild Season (writer: "It Was a Very Good Year")
  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 documentary) (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)
 1948 Musical Merry-Go-Round #1 (Short) (writer: "Come to the Mardi Gras (Nao Tenho Lagrimas)" - as Drake)
 1946 Holiday in Mexico (writer: "Yo Te Amo Much - And That's That" - uncredited)
 1946 Beware (writer: "Good Morning, Heartache")
 1946 Heartbeat (lyrics: "Can You Guess ?" (The Heartbeat Song))
 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)
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Show Show Composer (1 credit)
Show Show Producer (1 credit)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage Play: Heads or Tails. Written by H.J. Lengsfelder and Ervin Drake. Scenic Design by Watson Barratt. Costume Design by Alice Gibson. Lighting Design by Leo Kerz. Directed by Edward F. Cline. Cort Theatre: 2 May 1947- 31 May 1947 (35 performances). Cast: Richard Barron (as "Humperdinck"), Lulu Belle Clarke (as "Amy"), Jean Cobb (as "... See more »

Alternate Names:

Erwin Drake
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Did You Know?

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]

Trivia:

His 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. See more »

Star Sign:

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