Nick Drake

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 1994 (The 1995 Induction Ceremony)

Previously Considered? Yes  what's this?

Inducted into Rock Hall Projected in 2017 (ranked #251) .

Essential Albums (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3Amazon CD
Five Leaves Left (1969)
Bryter Layter (1970)
Pink Moon (1972)

Essential Songs (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3YouTube
River Man (1969)
Time Has Told Me (1969)
From The Morning (1972)
Pink Moon (1972)

Nick Drake @ Wikipedia

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Will Nick Drake be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
"Musical excellence is the essential qualification for induction."


17 comments so far (post your own)

Only three albums, but they're an even stronger set than that of Hendrix.

Posted by Casper on Wednesday, 01.17.07 @ 16:35pm

Wow - just "discovered" Nick Drake by getting his 2nd album "Bryter Later" from 1970. What an exquisite and beautiful work; most of these tracks sound so ahead of their time it is breathtaking. What an "undercover" talent. Very unique, very poignant songwriting - I am impressed and an instant fan now. Wow.

How tragic that he was such a tormented and despondant human being and died at age 26. His bio sounds like he could have benefited from some Zoloft.

Posted by shawn on Wednesday, 07.11.07 @ 10:21am

I would love to see Nick Drake and Love being inducted the same year. It would finally be proof of the enduring quality of his body of work and that he eventually sort of "made it" and his achievements weren't in vain after all like he believed, now that - to quote one of his songs - his "Fruit Tree" is finally flourishing after his seed has been buried in the ground.
Not that this crap institution called 'Rock and Roll Hall of Fame' would mean anything but it would be symbolic, a matter of principle. Anyway, he's in my Hall of Fame and that's what counts in the first place.

But someday, maybe...

Posted by denyo on Friday, 11.16.07 @ 15:59pm

P.S.: Hey, that's you, shawnie. Glad to see you got some taste. Still pissed off about my BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORING lack of substance? Don't hurt yourself, buddy, it's all just a game anyway. No hard feelings, partner ;)

I'm not sure though if that Zoloft would have helped Nick. He was on antidepressants, something called "Tryptizol", in fact, that's what he killed himself with. Anyway, I don't understand too much about these things, I'm not American *g*

Posted by denyo on Friday, 11.16.07 @ 16:16pm

I read that Nick Drake was the subject of the song "life In A Northern Town" by The Dream Academy.

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Thursday, 03.20.08 @ 22:38pm

Great poet. Great music. Can't wait for him to get in.

Posted by Child in Time 27 on Saturday, 12.20.08 @ 03:13am

Massively influential, pretty innovative and the creator of three of the greatest albums ever made, I see no reason to excluse Nick Drake. Thanks to that car advert from a few years back catapulting him out of obscurity he actually stands a chance at getting in.

Posted by Jack on Monday, 02.2.09 @ 14:01pm

He only had 3 albums, but it might be enough for him. The Hall also seems to like to induct musicians with a tragic end

Posted by Keebord on Wednesday, 07.8.09 @ 16:25pm

The Hall likes to induct the uber-artiste-ic singer/songwriters like men like to eat buffalo wings on "All You Can Eat Night" at their local Hooters. That's why Nick Drake has a decent chance.

Posted by Philip on Wednesday, 07.8.09 @ 17:13pm

The HOF was made for Nick Drake. Glad to see they've already considered him. Next time induct him already!

Posted by Matt Love on Monday, 03.22.10 @ 19:16pm

I just discovered Nick Drake's music last year. I grew up and have been listening to rock for almost 50 years, listening to great artists like Neil Young and Paul Simon and many others but I have never heard anyone that, in my opinion, is as brilliant as Nick Drake was. His music is in one word - perfect. The writing, the way he plays and sings ... intense but sincere. The music makes you a better person. I definitely believe he should be inducted.

Posted by Herman on Friday, 08.6.10 @ 10:46am

Do you know that Neil Diamond and Nick Drake have the same initials? Also they have songs with similar titles. Neil Diamond had a song called "Sunday Sun" on his 1968 album "Velvet Gloves And Spit." A year later (1969), Nick Drake would have a song called "Saturday Sun" on his "Five Leaves Left" album.

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Thursday, 01.13.11 @ 03:30am

Not much of a fan myself but he's definetly deserving.

Posted by GFW on Saturday, 09.3.11 @ 16:25pm

Not much of a fan myself but he's definetly deserving.

Posted by GFW on Saturday, 09.3.11 @ 16:25pm

My favorite singer songwriter from that era hands down. Ahead of his time, a truly beautiful and tragic soul. Inspiring, interesting and very original guitar style (I'm the only fingerpicker in my guitar class because of him. I want the hopefuls who were groundbreaking inspiring dark originals like him, kate bush and elliot smith, tori amos, and Anthony and the johnsons to get in.

how many years will it take before we get them (At LEAST the first 3)

As for Tori and anthony, I don't mind waiting a few decades till we see how much they have inspired (Nina nastasia, Amy lee, ME)

Posted by Mikhail on Friday, 07.6.12 @ 05:31am

Nick was/is brilliant..I am sure his sister would accept on Nick's behalf. So get on HOF. An artist like Nick is few and far between. He was a rare one and I think it's time to show the kid some love.

Posted by Mark Craig on Sunday, 01.6.13 @ 21:04pm

I'm not going to put Nick Drake in RRHOF over groups like Duran Duran, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Moody Blues, Def Leppard, Scorpions, Chicago, Steve Miller who have been making music and touring for decades. He died tragically young at 26. His 3 albums while good don't reach the levels of a Hendrix or The Doors and a few other artists who died young. I think Pink Moon was my FAV Nick Drake song. Read Nick Drake's biography a few years ago. He was a very depressed soul. There seems to be some good support for Nick Drake. With this RRHOF Committee, maybe Drake sneaks in and gets inducted. You really never know. KING

Posted by KING on Saturday, 06.6.15 @ 02:43am

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