Ervin Drake: Songwriter

April 3, 1919 – January 15, 2015

Ervin Drake could be considered one of the greatest songwriters of The American Songbook.  He joined us for a candid interview and his wife Edith shared her perspective as well.  Some of the Standards Ervin Drake wrote include “I Believe” and “It Was a Very Good Year.”  He also wrote English lyrics to the song “Tico-Tico” and “Quando, Quando.”  The songs of Ervin Drake have been recorded Some of the most celebrated singers and musicians of our time have recorded Ervin Drake’s songs including Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday, Barbra Streisand, Elvis Presley, Frankie Laine, Duke Ellington, Steve Lawrence, Diana Ross, the Kingston Trio, and Perry Como…just to name a few.  Ervin Drake is also a visual artist and has also worked as a television producer.  He also worked with such legendary acts as Jackie Gleason and Milton Berle.  He was the President of the American Guild of Authors and Composers for many years and was a recognized person in New York’s theatre and cabaret scene.

 

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