Nervous Norvus was the performing name of Jimmy Drake (March 24, 1912 – July 24, 1968). He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, and lived for a few years in Ripley, Tennessee, near the Arkansas border. Because of his chronic asthma condition, his family moved to California when he was seven, eventually settling in the Oakwood district of Los Angeles, California. When he was 29 he moved to Oakland, California, where he would live for the rest of his life. His novelty song "Transfusion" was a major hit in 1956, as was a second song, "Ape Call," released later that year.