Drake, Nick

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Drake, Nick Gender: M
Nicholas Rodney Drake
born on 19 June 1948 at 07:15 (= 07:15 AM )
Place Rangoon, Burma, 16n47, 96e10
Timezone NST h6e30 (is standard time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Clifford
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 27°38' s_mo.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 27°59 Asc.s_cancol.18.gif 19°56'

Nick Drake (1969)


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 posthumously achieved wider notice and recognition. Drake signed to Island Records when he was 20 years old, while 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. His reluctance to perform live, or be interviewed, contributed to his lack of commercial success. No footage of the adult Drake has ever been released, only still photographs and home footage from his childhood.

Drake suffered from major depression, and this was often reflected in his lyrics. After making Pink Moon, he withdrew from both live performance and recording, retreating to his parents' home in rural Warwickshire. On 25 November 1974, at the age of 26, Drake died from an overdose of approximately 30 amitriptyline pills, a prescribed antidepressant. His cause of death was determined to be suicide.

Drake's music remained available into 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. His first biography was published in 1997, followed in 1998 by the documentary film A Stranger Among Us.

Personal: His parents were Rodney Shuttleworth Drake (5 May 1908, Redhill (Surrey)- 1988) and Mary "Molly" Lloyd (1916-1993). On their grave we read the Inscription:

East side: Nick Drake (1948-1974) Remembered with love / Rodney Drake (1908-1988) / Molly Drake (1915-1993)

West side: Now we rise / and we are everywhere.

The epitaph is a line from "From the Morning", the final track on Nick's final album, "Pink Moon."

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 25 February 1972 (Pink Moon released in the UK on Island, ILPS 9184.)
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  • Mental Health : Depressive episode April 1972 (circa April - Nick suffers a breakdown and is hospitalised in Warwickshire for 5 weeks.)
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released February 1974 (Nick records his final 5 songs - 1. Black Eyed Dog, 2. Rider on the Wheel, 3. Hanging on a Star, 4. Voice from the Mountain and 5. Tow the Line.)
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  • Death by Suicide 25 November 1974 (Overdose of pills, age 26)
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Source Notes

From his mother to John Etherington, as quoted by Frank Clifford in his Book of Music Horoscopes (Flare UK, 2018).

Nick Drake - Chronology


  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Abuse Drugs
  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Depression
  • Personal : Death : Short Life less than 29 Yrs (Age 26)
  • Personal : Death : Suicide
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Instrumentalist (Guitar, piano, clarinet, saxophone)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Song writer
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Vocalist/ Pop, Rock, etc.