Howard Posnick shared these memories
My dear friend Drake
Drake was like a big brother to me as we met close to twenty years back playing poker. Most people do not realize that the game of poker was just as important to Drake as his music. Mind game in the first order A few selected friends, as well as myself were considered Poker Brothers from Drake & Sandra Levin, Drake’s wife.
I feel very fortunate and honored to have been considered a Poker Brother and made that transition from poker brother to life long brother for the few remaining years.
When Drake & I realized that we were both musicians, we instantly bonded as buds. This was before I knew that he was a famous cat, and one of the original guitarists of Paul Revere & the Raiders
You see, Drake was a very humble man, and if your were fortunate enough as I was, to be able to get into his circle, he’d do anything for you as a friend. With this being said, he was also a very complicated man, and could also be somewhat cantankerous at times too.
I can remember so many fascinating stories that Drake would share with me from his experiences on the road with the Raiders & Brotherhood, as we’d sometimes sit for hours on end drinking fine wine and chatting the night away.
I was always amazed with his story telling, and I always pushed him to write a book. This is when he asked me if I would spend some time with Sandra and teach her piano/keyboard theory. I was honored, and we continuously fought over the money, as I wouldn’t take a dime.