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Nick Drake

"Nicholas Rodney Drake" (June 19, 1948 – November 25, 1974) was an English singer/songwriter known for his gentle, autumnal songs and his virtuoso right-hand fingerpicking guitar technique. Although he recorded only three albums, critics and fellow musicians hold his work in very high esteem. Drake failed to find a wide audience during his lifetime, which fueled his depression Since his death, Drake's music has gained a significant cult following.


Drake's father, Rodney, worked as an engineer. Drake himself was born in Rangoon, Burma. When Nick was four, his family returned to Tanworth-in-Arden, a small village in Warwickshire, England, where the family had their roots. He attended English public boarding school at Marlborough College, where he learned to play the flute. As a young adult, Drake attended Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge where he studied English literature. His older sister, Gabrielle Drake, is a British actress.

Drake was a fan of the British and emerging American folk music scene, including Bob Dylan and Phil Ochs. While a university student, Drake began performing in local clubs and ...

hometown Warwickshire
country England
years active 1969—1972
instrument guitar
music genre Folk rock
website Bryter Music: The Estate of Nick Drake
license: GNU FDL
source: Wikipedia