b. Charles Edward Springall, 19 June 1925, Southwark, London, England, d. 24 December 2006, Twickenham, Middlesex, England. The enormously popular actor/comedian Drake was always instantly recognizable with his shock of red hair, diminutive 5 feet 1 inch frame and distinctive cockney voice. In 1958, he hit the UK charts, outselling Bobby Darin with a cover version of ‘Splish Splash’. Further hits followed over the next three years, including ‘Volare’, ‘Mr. Custer’ and ‘My Boomerang Won’t Come Back’. The latter, also a US hit, was co-written by Drake, in collaboration with Max Diamond. The duo also provided Drake’s theme song and irritating catchphrase ‘Hello, My Darlings!’ With strong managerial backing from Colonel Bill Alexander and the producing talents of George Martin, Drake was in good hands and his comedy workouts translated well on to disc. He also enjoyed success in the television shows Laughter In Store, Drake’s Progress, Charlie Drake In... and The Charlie Drake Show.
From Encyclopedia of Popular Music in Oxford Reference.