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Friday, January 23, 2015

RIP Ervan Drake

Ervan Drake isn't a name I normally associate with the great lyric writers and yet, maybe, he should be. Drake provided the words to numbers such as Perdido; Tico Tico; Quando, Quando, Quando and the quasi religious hit I Believe which seemed to be top of the charts forever in 1952, on either side of the pond.. There was also Sinatra's It Was a Very Good Year and Good Morning Heartache - associated with Billie Holiday and every jazz singer since!
Ervan Drake died on January 15, aged 95, but his words will live on. 
Obituary.
Lance.

2 comments :

Patti D. said...

Ah yes, and thank you Lance for reminding us of this great lyricist - whose timeless lines to these great songs will live with us, and those still to discover these gems!

Liz said...

I had never heard of him, and yet...I should have, as these are such great numbers, especially" A very good year."..what a wonderful arrangement the Sinatra version is...those strings!!

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