LONDON — BBC Radio 2 has signed Brad Pitt to present a music doc on cult singer-songwriter Nick Drake set to air May 22.
BBC radio doc “Lost Boy — In Search of Nick Drake” tells the story of the artist, who, after recording three albums for Island Records, died a virtual unknown from an overdose of antidepressants in 1974 at age 26.
Drake has posthumously gained a cult following including Pitt and BBC Radio 2 core artists R.E.M., Paul Weller and Mercury Prize winner Badly Drawn Boy.
“I was introduced to Nick Drake’s music about five years ago,” Pitt said in a release from the pubcaster, “and am a huge admirer of his records. When Radio 2 approached me to get involved in this project, I was delighted to be asked and pleased that I was able to fit it into my schedule.”
Pitt recorded the script last weekend in Hollywood before beginning work on “Ocean’s Twelve.”
Film and record producer Joe Boyd, who produced Drake’s first two records, is not surprised by Drake’s growing reputation. “It seemed to me inevitable that his following would have grown over the years, it was just a question of how long it would take, his music is so good,” he said. “The tragedy is that he didn’t live to see how much he meant to so many people.”
The doc includes the exclusive first play of Drake track “Tow the Line” and a version of “Day Is Done” recorded by Norah Jones in 2001 before she hit the big time.