Ervin Drake

Ervin Drake (born Ervin Maurice Druckman; April 3, 1919 – January 15, 2015) was an American songwriter whose works include such American Songbook standards as "I Believe" and "It Was a Very Good Year". He wrote in a variety of styles and his work has been recorded by musicians around the world. In 1983, he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Birth and Death Data: Born April 3, 1919 (Manhattan), Died January 15, 2015 (Great Neck)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1941 - 1952

Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist, songwriter, composer

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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 26 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-058762 10-in. 1/7/1941 Pound your table Henri René Musette Orchestra Instrumental ensemble lyricist  
Victor BS-065066 10-in. 4/29/1941 Pound your table polka (One more chorus) Barry Sisters ; Sammy Meade's Orchestra Female vocal duet, with instrumental ensemble songwriter  
Victor E0VB-3648 10-in. 5/19/1950 Longing Spade Cooley ; Ginny Jackson ; Spade Cooley Orchestra Female vocal solo, with vocal quartet and instrumental ensemble songwriter  
Victor E2FB-5602 10-in. 2/8/1952 Perdido Pérez Prado Orchestra Jazz/dance band lyricist  
Victor D5VB-0726 10-in. 4/7/1945 Santa Lucia (on the bay of Napoli) Charlie Spivak Orchestra ; Jimmy Saunders Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band lyricist  
Victor D5VB-1094 10-in. 7/26/1945 Poor Lenore Buddy Cole Orchestra ; Four King Sisters Female vocal vocal quartet, with jazz/dance ensemble songwriter  
Victor D5VB-1132 10-in. 9/14/1945 Tico-tico Ginger Snaps ; James Mundy Mixed vocal quartet, with jazz/dance band lyricist  
Victor D6VB-2948 10-in. 9/30/1946 Sonata Larry Green Orchestra Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band lyricist  
Victor D6VB-3075 10-in. 10/17/1946 Sonata Perry Como Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band songwriter  
Victor D6VB-3143 10-in. 12/16/1946 Rainbow's end Freddy Martin Orchestra ; Clyde Rogers Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band lyricist  
Victor D7VB-0216 10-in. 3/31/1947 Tico-tico Russ Case Orchestra ; Doris Stockton Marimba solo, with instrumental ensemble lyricist  
Victor D7VB-0419 10-in. 1/6/1947 Tico tico Desi Arnaz ; Desi Arnaz Orchestra Jazz/dance band lyricist  
Victor D7VB-0446 10-in. 1/30/1947 Bye, bye, alibi baby Delta Rhythm Boys Male vocal quartet, with instrumental ensemble songwriter  
Victor D7VB-0497 10-in. 4/17/1947 Come to the Mardi Gras Freddy Martin Orchestra ; Freddy Martin Male vocal solo, with vocal ensemble and jazz/dance band lyricist  
Victor D7VB-0529 10-in. 4/30/1947 Made for each other Desi Arnaz ; Desi Arnaz Orchestra Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band lyricist  
Victor D7VB-0995 10-in. 6/23/1947 You're breaking in a new heart (while you're breaking mine) Toots Camarata ; Beryl Davis ; Toots Camarata Orchestra Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band songwriter  
Victor D7VB-1766 10-in. 10/20/1947 My promise to you Don Grady ; Larry Green Orchestra Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band songwriter  
Victor D7VB-2192 10-in. 12/13/1947 Long after tonight Harry Zimmerman Orchestra ; Betty Jane Rhodes Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble lyricist  
Victor D7VB-2559 10-in. 12/2/1947 The tune on the tip of my heart Don Cornell ; Kaydets ; Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye Male vocal solo, with female vocal trio and jazz/dance band songwriter  
Victor D7VB-2640 10-in. 12/15/1947 Someone cares Vaughn Monroe ; Moon Maids ; Vaughn Monroe's Orchestra Male vocal solo, with female vocal group and jazz/dance band lyricist  
Victor D7VB-2988 10-in. 12/26/1947 Chillicothe, Ohio Heywood Trio Female vocal solo, with instrumental trio songwriter  
Victor D9VB-0142 10-in. 1/25/1949 Thank you Buddy Moreno Orchestra Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble songwriter  
Victor CU-112[a] 10-in. before 7/30/1948 Canta playera Orquesta Julio Gutiérrez ; Pedro Vargas Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble lyricist  
Victor (Canada) D7VB-0849 10-in. 5/16/1947 Made for each other Alys Robi ; Russ Case Orchestra Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble lyricist  
Columbia (U.K.) CL8321 10-in. 1/20/1947 Sonata Raymond Legrand ; Tino Rossi Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
(Results 1-25 of 26 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Drake, Ervin," accessed May 30, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/312855.

Drake, Ervin. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 30, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/312855.

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