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Jackson C. Frank - 100% match to Nick Drake

Genres: Blues Folk
Decades Active: 2000s
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Jackson Carey Frank, 1943, Buffalo, New York, USA, d. 3 March 1999, Great Barrington, Massachusetts, USA. Singer-songwriter Frank made a strong impression in the mid-60s folk scene with songs such as ‘Blues Run The Game’. This was contained on his 1965 debut, recorded in London with production from Paul Simon and guitar support from Al Stewart. Like Simon and Shawn Read more

Bert Jansch - 67% match to Nick Drake

Genres: Blues Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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3 November 1943, Glasgow, Scotland. This highly gifted acoustic guitarist and influential performer learned his craft in Edinburgh’s folk circle before being absorbed into London’s burgeoning circuit, where he established a formidable reputation as an inventive guitar player. His 1965 debut, Bert Jansch, is a landmark in British folk music and includes ‘Do You Read more

Elliott Smith - 66% match to Nick Drake

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Steven Paul Smith, 6 August 1969 Omaha, Nebraska, USA, d. 21 October 2003, Los Angeles, California, USA. Raised in a musical family, acclaimed singer-songwriter Smith first recorded with Portland, Oregon-based alternative rockers Heatmiser. Despite achieving a modicum of success with this band’s generic Fugazi -inspired hard rock, Smith felt happier recording acoustic m Read more

Vashti Bunyan - 62% match to Nick Drake

Genres: Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 2000s
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England. This UK singer-songwriter released a number of pop singles in the mid-60s but is best remembered for releasing one of the great, lost folk albums of the era. The former art school student was talent-spotted by Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham in 1965 and signed a recording contract with Decca Records. She released the Mick Jagger / Keith Richards compositio Read more

Tim Buckley - 58% match to Nick Drake

Genres: Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Timothy Charles Buckey III, 14 February 1947, Washington, DC, USA, d. 29 June 1975, Santa Monica, California, USA. This radiant talent began his solo career in the folk clubs of Los Angeles. He was discovered by manager Herb Cohen who secured the singer’s recording contract with the prestigious Elektra Records label. 1966’s Tim Buckley introduced the artist as a sk Read more

John Martyn - 51% match to Nick Drake

Genres: Folk Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Iain David McGeachy, 11 September 1948, New Malden, Surrey, England. McGeachy grew up with musically minded parents and at the age of 17, and now known as John Martyn, started his professional career under the guidance of folk artist Hamish Imlach. The long, often bumpy journey through Martyn’s career began when he arrived in London, where he was signed instantly by the Read more

Jeff Buckley - 38% match to Nick Drake

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Jeffrey Scott Buckley, 17 November 1966, Orange County, California, USA, d. 29 May 1997, Memphis, Tennessee, USA. The son of respected singer-songwriter Tim Buckley, Jeff Buckley not unnaturally took exception to comparisons with his father, and cited his mother Mary Guibert as a greater influence. Having studied at the Los Angeles Musicians’ Institute, Jeff moved to Ne Read more

The Velvet Underground - 38% match to Nick Drake

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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The antithesis of late-60s west coast love and peace, New York, USA’s the Velvet Underground portrayed a darker side to that era’s hedonism. Their pulsating drive married with intellectual precision and resulted in one of rock’s most innovative and lasting catalogues. Lou Reed (Lewis Allen Rabinowitz, 2 March 1942, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA; guita Read more

Joni Mitchell - 33% match to Nick Drake

Genres: Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Roberta Joan Anderson, 7 November 1943, Fort MacLeod, Alberta, Canada. After studying art in Calgary, this singer-songwriter moved to Toronto in 1964. The following February she gave birth to her daughter Kelly Dale Anderson but reluctantly gave her up for adoption at six months old (the subject was dealt with most memorably by the singer on the track ‘Little Green’ Read more

Donovan - 29% match to Nick Drake

Genres: Folk Pop / Rock World Music
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Donovan Philips Leitch, 10 May 1946, Maryhill, Glasgow, Scotland. Uncomfortably labelled ‘Britain’s answer to Bob Dylan’ Donovan did not fit in well with the folk establishment. Instead, it was the pioneering UK television show Ready, Steady, Go! that adopted him, and from then on success was assured. His first single, ‘Catch The Wind’, launched a ca Read more

Neil Young - 28% match to Nick Drake

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Documentaries Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock Soundtracks
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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12 November 1945, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Although Young maintains he had a happy childhood he contracted polio when he was 6 and throughout his teenage years he suffered the disintegration of his parents’ marriage (his father, Scott Young, was a hugely prolific sports writer and novelist). Having moved to Winnipeg as a child, Young began his enigmatic career as a mem Read more

Leonard Cohen - 27% match to Nick Drake

Genres: Folk Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock World Music
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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21 September 1934, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. A graduate in English Literature from McGill and Columbia Universities, Cohen first made an impression as a novelist. The Favorite Game (1963) and Beautiful Losers (1966) offered the mixture of sexual and spiritual longing, despair and black humour, prevalent in his lyrics. Two early songs, ‘Suzanne’ and ‘Priests Read more

Anne Briggs - 25% match to Nick Drake

Genres: Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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29 September 1944, Toton, Nottinghamshire, England. Briggs started singing publicly in 1962 as part of the Centre 42 organization, a package show organized by the Trades Union Congress to bring culture to the provinces. The 17-year-old singer was signed up by musical director Ewan MacColl, leaving her home to tour with the movement. She squatted in London with a young Bert J Read more

Bill Callahan - 24% match to Nick Drake

Genres: Pop / Rock
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Lou Reed - 23% match to Nick Drake

Genres: Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Lewis Allen Rabinowitz, 2 March 1942, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA. A member of several high-school bands, Reed made his recording debut with the Shades in 1957. Their ‘So Blue’ enjoyed brief notoriety when played by influential disc jockey Murray The K, but was lost in the multitude of independent singles released in this period. Having graduated from Sy Read more


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