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Ervin Drake

Ervin DrakeAKA Ervin Maurice Druckman

Born: 3-Apr-1919
Birthplace: New York City
Died: 15-Jan-2015
Location of death: Great Neck, NY
Cause of death: Cancer - other

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Songwriter
Party Affiliation: Democratic

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: It Was a Very Good Year

In 1942, Drake found his first success in writing English lyrics for "Tico Tico". Other hits include "Good Morning Heartache", recorded by Billie Holiday in 1946, and "It was a Very Good Year", written in 1961 and popularized by Frank Sinatra in 1965.

While president of the American Guild of Authors and Composers from 1973 to 1982, Drake was instrumental in the passage of the Copyright Act of 1976, which extended the length of copyright protection to 50 years after the author's death; for works for hire, copyright holds until the date of creation plus 75 years. This act also extended copyright protection to unpublished works.

Father: Max Druckman
Mother: Pearl Cohen
Wife: Ada Sax (m. 28-May-1947, d. 20-Mar-1975 accident, two daughters)
Daughter: Linda Ryder
Daughter: Betsy Jennifer
Wife: Edith Berman (m. 19-Nov-1982)

    High School: Townsend Harris High School, Queens, NY (1935)
    University: BA Social Science, City College of New York (1940)

    American Guild of Authors and Composers President (1973-82)
    Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee 2007-08 (total $1100)
    Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee 9-Oct-2008 ($200)
    Hillary Clinton for President 30-Mar-2008 ($200) 9-Oct-2007 ($200)
    Songwriters Hall of Fame 1983
    Romanian Ancestry Paternal and Maternal

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