Nervous Norvus

Genres: Comedy CDs Pop / Rock
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Decades Active: 1980s 2000s
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Jimmy Drake, 1912, Oakwood, California, USA, d. 24 July 1968. The California-based ex-truck driver’s first record was the country ballad ‘Gambling Fury’, which he recorded as Singing Jimmy Drake on the Indiana label Claudra. He joined Dot Records in 1956 and had two of the biggest novelty hits of that year. His first hit, ‘Transfusion’, concerned the thoughts of a drink-driver who is in need of a blood transfusion after a car crash. Despite the sick subject matter, it was hilarious, though the British public were spared it when London Records refused its release. The follow-up to this US Top 10 hit was ‘Ape Call’, a tale about cavemen recorded in hip language, with jungle calls courtesy of Red Blanchard. After his few months in the spotlight he returned to obscurity, despite later unsuccessful recordings on Big Ben and Embee. He died in 1968 from cirrhosis of the liver.

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