Nicholas Rodney Drake (19 June 1948 – 25 November 1974)- better known as Nick Drake - was an English singer-songwriter and musician, mostly known for his acoustic guitar songs. Drake signed to Island Records upon the age of 20 and was a student at the University of Cambridge. He released his debut album, Five Leaves Left, in 1969. By 1972, he had recorded two more albums—Bryter Layter and Pink Moon. Drake was known for being extremely quiet and reserved, and his reluctance to perform live, or be interviewed, contributed to his lack of commercial success. To top it all off, there's no known video footage of the adult Drake; the only images of him are in still photographs and in home footage from his childhood, further adding to the enigma surrounding him.
According to friends and family, Drake suffered from depression, particularly during the latter part of his short life. This was often reflected in his lyrics, which combined aspects of his country life and the change of the seasons that reflected shifting moods. On completion of his third album, Pink Moon, he withdrew from live shows and recording, retreating from London to his parents' home in rural Warwickshire. On 25 November 1974, Drake died from an overdose of amitriptyline, a prescribed antidepressant; he was 26 years old. To this day its not certain if his death was an accident or a suicide.
Drake's success was minimal in his lifetime, and each of his albums didn't sell more than 5000 copies at the time. However, upon his death and the release of compilation albums in the late 70s and mid-80s, Drake's popularity began to increase as the years went on.