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 3, 1912, Died November 13, 2006

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1932 - 1946

Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist, songwriter

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Recordings (Results 26-27 of 27 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
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  
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