Milton Drake

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

Recordings

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  

Citation

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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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105685

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