The Short Career of Nick Drake

If you’re reading this you’re probably wondering who Nick Drake was. Drake was an English singer, songwriter, and musician, known for his acoustic-guitar songs. As brilliant as he was, unfortunately, his career was cut short when on November 25, 1974, he died of an overdose of prescription antidepressants at the age of 26. As a result, he made a posthumous comeback into the world of popular music about a quarter-century later.

Nicholas Rodney Drake came into this world in Rangoon, Burma in 1948. Later on, he began his musical career in England in the 1960s. He was most influenced by such singers as Bob Dylan. He was discovered when he was 20 playing in bars in London, England. His first album was Five Leaves Left which has earned a place on “Greatest Ever” album lists.

Drake suffered from serious depression and it was often hard for him to further his career. However, his music earned him a cult following. He was back on top and once again in the awareness of the public when some 25 years after his death came a memorable Volkswagen TV commercial, set to the title track of his final album Pink Moon. The commercial first aired in February of 2000 featuring the song “Pink Moon” after which Drake sold more albums within the next year than he had sold during his lifetime. I bet while swinging on the star up above he was delighted. 

Among his best songs are “Northern Sky”, “From the Morning”, “Time Has Told Me” and “Things Behind the Sun” among others.


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