The Legend Of Nick Drake

By Toby Tunwase

Nick Drake may not have been extremely popular while he was alive, but the poet and singer-songwriter produced some gems that have given him increasing posthumous popularity.

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Drake began making music fully in England in 1967, and he met Robert Kirby, who composed many of the arrangements for Drake’s first two albums. Named after the notice, he found in his favorite rolling papers, his first album, Five Leaves Left, was released in 1969.

However, his first album and subsequent music did not enjoy commercial success, mainly because it was deemed too complicated, and he did not connect well with his audiences at shows. He was soon diagnosed with endogenous depression, and it was through this, he recorded his third and final album, named Pink Moon. The album received mixed reviews, but two months later, Rolling Stone recognized the album’s greatness.

Posthumous Celebration

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He died of an antidepressant overdose in 1979, and Island Records released the box set with his three albums plus two more tracks. He was cited as great influence by artists such as the Black Crowes, Kate Bush, and Robert Smith of the Cure. However, it wasn’t until 1998 that Drake-related documentaries began to appear, and popularity soared.

Bryter Layter was named the number one alternative album in The Guardian’s Alternative Top 100 Albums of 2018. All three albums that he produced were among the 500 greatest albums of all time, according to Rolling Stone in 2003. 2018 saw him inducted into the Folk Hall of Fame.