Nervous Norvus

Jimmy Drake

Also known as Nervous Norvis, Nervous Norvous, Nervous Norvus And His Guitar

Discography of Nervous Norvus:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Transfusion 6 Audio 1985 Big Beat Records
2 The Fang / The Bullfrog Hop 2 Audio 1956 Dot Records
3 Transfusion 2 Audio Stardust Records
4 Wild Dog Of Kentucky / Ape Call 2 Audio
5 Ape Call / Wild Dog Of Kentucky 2 Audio 1956-06-00 Dot Records
6 Stone Age Woo - The Zorch Sounds Of Nervous Norvus 33 Audio 2004 Norton Records (2)
7 Dig 2 Audio 1957 London Records
8 Transfusion / Rave On 2 Audio Hep Records Inc.
9 True Love Ways / Transfusion 2 Audio 1988 American Pie
10 Ape Call 2 Audio 1956 London Records
11 4 Novelties 4 Audio Not On Label
12 Transfusion 2 Audio 1970 Dot Records
13 Does A Chinese Chicken Have A Pigtail 2 Audio 1960 Big Ben
14 Transfusion 2 Audio 1956 Dot Records

Nervous Norvus, whose real name was Jimmy Drake was a Memphis native born in 1912 and later moved to California where he lived until he passed away on July 24, 1968 at age 56 from cirrhosis of the liver. He was a truck driver who dreamed of becoming a songwriter. He took out an ads in a music papers offering to record songs for budding amateur songwriters. With a little home studio set up, he was able to supplement his truck driving income with his new music service. With the help of radio personality Red Blanchard, whom Drake had been sending tapes of his songs to, Drake recorded 'Transfusion' under the name Nervous Norvus for the Dot label in 1956. The successful single was followed up with another hit, "Ape Call". Drake declined an invitation to appear on the Ed Sullivan show to perform "Transfusion" due to his shyness. A third single "The Fang" flopped and Drake was subsequently dropped from the label and resumed his home based music service. More singles followed on various tiny indie labels, but nothing ever came of them. 2004 saw the release of a CD anthology collecting together 33 recordings Drake made under his own name, and as Nervous Norvus entitled "Stone Age Woo: The Zorch Sounds of Nervous Norvus" on the Norton label.

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