Milton Drake (August 3, 1912 - November 13, 2006) was an American lyricist and performing rights administrator.
As a child, he performed in vaudeville and films and on radio. Later he wrote special material for theater and night club revues, including "Cotton Club Parade", "Riviera Follies", "Paradise Parade", and "Latin Quarter Revue". Drake's musical collaborators included Oscar Levant, Al Hoffman, Jerry Livingston, Louis Alter and Con Conrad among others.
Drake was a member of the American Guild of Authors and Composers for 28 years, and for five years was the chairman of the AGAC council. In August 1962 Drake resigned from AGAC in protest. Drake criticised the lack of progressive leadership at the organisation, and their relationship with music publishers. In 1949 Drake married the singer Adele Clark, Decca recording artist and star of The Adele Clark Show.
His brother was songwriter Ervin Drake.
Birth and Death Data: Born August 3rd, 1912, Died November 13th, 2006
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1932 - 1942
Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist, songwriter
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BS-73574||10-in.||9/24/1932||Pu-leeze! Mister Hemingway||Fran Frey ; George Olsen and his Music||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-73731||10-in.||9/30/1932||Pu-leeze Mister Hemingway||Pennsylvania Collegians||Jazz/dance band, with vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-73813||10-in.||10/13/1932||Where||Isham Jones Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal trio||lyricist|
|Victor||LBS-73814||10-in. (33-1/3 rpm)||10/13/1932||Where (I wonder where)||Isham Jones Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-78061||10-in.||10/2/1933||Bless your heart||Edith Caldwell ; Ernie Holst ; Hotel Lexington Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-78084||10-in.||10/4/1933||Bless your heart||Victor Arden ; Gordon Graham ; Phil Ohman||Piano duet, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-78148||10-in.||10/11/1933||Heaven only knows||Neil Buckley ; Don Bestor Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-78524||10-in.||11/9/1933||Can this be the end of love?||Harlem Hot Shots||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-78604||10-in.||11/3/1933||Heaven only knows||New Englanders ; Barney Rapp ; Eddie Ryan||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||79660||10-in.||8/21/1934||Valsa da champagne||Francisco Alves||Male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-81328||10-in.||1/29/1934||The party's over||Neil Buckley ; The Chanters ; Don Bestor Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and vocal ensemble||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-81877||10-in.||3/12/1934||The champagne waltz||George Hall ; Hotel Taft Orchestra ; Barry Wells||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-84013||10-in.||8/18/1934||I'm counting on you||Paul Whiteman Orchestra ; Ramona||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-88783||10-in.||3/6/1935||Pardon my love||Fats Waller and his Rhythm||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-036544||10-in.||4/27/1939||Prairie boy||Clyde Burke ; Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-036574||10-in.||5/1/1939||Prairie boy||Three Reasons ; Dick Todd||Male vocal solo, with female vocal trio and jazz/dance band||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-050563||10-in.||5/13/1940||Java jive||Four King Sisters ; Alvino Rey||Female vocal quartet, with jazz/dance band||lyricist|
|Victor||PBS-055067||10-in.||9/7/1940||If it's you||Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Anita Boyer||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-074305||10-in.||4/7/1942||Lalapaluza Lu||Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye||Jazz/dance band, with vocal chorus||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-Test-1181||10-in.||1/19/1934||The party's over||Dell Campo ; Con Conrad||Male vocal solo, with piano||lyricist|
|Columbia||W152470||10-in.||8/18/1933||Bless your heart||George Olsen and his Music ; Joe Morrison||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Columbia||W152717||10-in.||2/23/1934||Get goin'||Benny Morton Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Columbia||W152762||10-in.||6/4/1934||I'm counting on you||Emil Coleman Orchestra ; Stanley Worth||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Drake, Milton," accessed December 5, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105685.
Drake, Milton. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 5, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105685.
"Drake, Milton." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 5 December 2020.
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