William Derek Drake (born 7 February 1962 in Chelmsford) is an English musician, keyboardist, pianist, composer and singer-songwriter. He is best known as a former member of the cult English rock band Cardiacs, whom he played with for nine years between 1983 and 1992. He has also been a member of The Sea Nymphs, North Sea Radio Orchestra, Nervous, Wood, Lake of Puppies and The Grown-Ups, as well as pursuing a career as a solo artist. He is a distant cousin of the English singer-songwriter Nick Drake.
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- ^ http://www.thepeerage.com/p42948.htm
- ^ Biography at William D. Drake homepage
- ^ William D. Drake biography at Cardiacs Museum
- ^ "Preview: William D. Drake" published in Yorkshire Evening Post, w 17 July 17, 2008, written by Martin Ross
- ^ a b "Five questions for William D. Drake" (feature in Metro free newspaper, by Nick Holloway
- ^ Briny Hooves album press release from sheBear Records, February 2007