NME Artists

Drake

NME.com feature on Drake including news, reviews, biography, youtube video, audio, concerts, tour dates, photos, pictures, commentary, album reviews and live reviews and cool facts.

Drake Music Videos

Bitchcraft Play Video

Bitchcraft

Watch the official Bitchcraft video by Drake Bell in HD on WWW.MUZU.TV and check out the latest new music releases and playlists for free.

Worst Behavior Play Video

Worst Behavior

Watch the official Worst Behavior video by Drake in HD on WWW.MUZU.TV and check out the latest new music releases and playlists for free.

Worst Behavior Play Video

Worst Behavior

Watch the official Worst Behavior video by Drake in HD on WWW.MUZU.TV and check out the latest new music releases and playlists for free.

Sneakbo talks drake meeting Play Video

Sneakbo talks drake meeting

Sneakbo Interview with ADTV. Watch the official Sneakbo talks drake meeting video by Drake in HD on WWW.MUZU.TV and check out the latest new music releases and playlists for free.

Hold On, We're Going Home Play Video

Hold On, We're Going Home

Watch the official Hold On, We're Going Home video by Drake in HD on WWW.MUZU.TV and check out the latest new music releases and playlists for free.

View more Drake videos from Muzu or Youtube

back to top

Drake Biography

Nicholas Rodney "Nick" Drake (19 June 1948 - 25 November 1974) was an English singer-songwriter and musician, known for his acoustic guitar-based songs. He failed to find a wide audience during his lifetime but his work has gradually achieved wider notice and recognition. Drake signed to Island Records when he was 20 years old and a student at the University of Cambridge, and released his debut album, Five Leaves Left, in 1969. By 1972, he had recorded two more albums--Bryter Layter and Pink Moon. Neither sold more than 5,000 copies on initial release. Drake's reluctance to perform live, or be interviewed, contributed to his lack of commercial success. There is no known footage of the adult Drake; he was only ever captured in still photographs and in home footage from his childhood.

Drake suffered from depression, particularly during the latter part of his young life. This was often reflected in his lyrics. On completion of his third album, 1972's Pink Moon, he withdrew from both live performance and recording, retreating to his parents' home in rural Warwickshire. On 25 November 1974, Drake died from an overdose of amitriptyline, a prescribed antidepressant; he was 26 years old. Whether his death was an accident or suicide has never been resolved.

Drake's music remained available through the mid-1970s, but the 1979 release of the retrospective album Fruit Tree allowed his back catalogue to be reassessed. By the mid-1980s Drake was being credited as an influence by such artists as Robert Smith, David Sylvian and Peter Buck. In 1985, The Dream Academy reached the UK and US charts with "Life in a Northern Town", a song written for and dedicated to Drake. By the early 1990s, he had come to represent a certain type of "doomed romantic" musician in the UK music press and was frequently cited as an influence by artists including Kate Bush, Paul Weller, Beck and The Black Crowes. His first biography appeared in 1997, and was followed in 1998 by the documentary film A Stranger Among Us.

Powered by Wikipedia

back to top

 
Latest Tickets - Booking Now
 
Know Your NME
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
 

 
Most Read News
Popular This Week
NME Store & Framed Prints
Inside NME.COM
On NME.COM Today