Clip: Brad Pitt Presents Nick Drake
Brad Pitt to Host Radio 2 Show on Dead UK Singer
Published: April 7, 2004
Filed at 5:08 a.m. ET
LONDON (Reuters) - Hollywood heartthrob Brad Pitt is to present a music
documentary on BBC Radio 2 in May on the life of British singer-songwriter
Pitt, one of Tinseltown's highest paid stars, will narrate the life story
of Drake, who died in 1974 at the age of 26.
``I was introduced to Nick Drake's music about five years ago, and am a
huge admirer of his records,'' Pitt said in a BBC statement.
``When Radio 2 approached me to get involved in this project, I was
delighted to be asked.'' The program, which airs on May 22, includes a
Norah Jones version of Drake's song ``Day is Done.''
Drake had little commercial success from the three albums he recorded
during his lifetime, but in the years after his death -- from an overdose
of anti-depressant drugs -- his music has become increasingly popular.
``Drake is regularly cited as an influence by some of Radio 2's core
artists, including REM, Paul Weller and Badly Drawn Boy,'' said Lesley
Douglas, Controller BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music.
Drake's death was ruled a suicide by a coroner, but his family and friends
believe his overdose of a prescribed drug was accidental.