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NICK DRAKE

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Nick Drake

An English singer-songwriter and musician best known for his acoustic, autumnal songs.

His primary instrument was the guitar, though he was also proficient at piano, clarinet, and saxophone.

Drake signed to Island Records when he was twenty years old, and released his debut album Five Leaves Left in 1969.

His reluctance to perform live or be interviewed further contributed to his lack of commercial success.

Drake battled with depression and insomnia throughout his life. Upon 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.

In the early hours of 25 November 1974, Nick Drake died at home in Far Leys from an overdose of amitriptyline, a type of antidepressant. He had gone to bed early the night before, after spending the afternoon visiting a friend.

Around dawn he left his room for the kitchen. His family was used to hearing him do this many times before, but during this instance, he didn't make a sound. They presumed that he was eating a bowl of cereal. He returned to his room a short while later, and took some pills "to help him sleep".

His mother later stated "I never used to disturb him at all. But it was about 12 o’clock, and I went in, because really it seemed it was time he got up.

He was laying across the bed. The first thing I saw was his long, long legs."

On 25 November 1974, Drake died from an overdose of the prescribed antidepressant, amitriptyline.

Noted Albums

FIVE LEAVES LEFT (1976)
BRYTER LAYTER (1976)
NICK DRAKE (1971)
PINK MOON
FRUIT TREE - THE COMPLETE RECORDED WORKS (3-LP set)
HEAVEN IN A WILDFLOWER* - AN EXPLORATION OF NICK DRAKE
FRUIT TREE - THE COMPLETE WORKS (8/86, UK) (4-LP box set)
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CD's include.

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FIVE LEAVES LEFT
BRYTER LAYTER
8 FIVE LEAVES LEFT
BRYTER LAYTER
HEAVEN IN A WILDFLOWER
PINK MOON
FRUIT TREE (4-CD box set)
WAY TO BLUE - AN INTRODUCTION TO NICK DRAKE (1994)

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