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In his childhood, Drews lived in Schleswig. After finishing school, he went on to study medicine at the University of Kiel, but dropped out of medical school to work as a singer. At a young age, he already displayed musical talents, at age 15 he received Best Banjo-Player of Schleswig-Holstein, as a member of his own jazz band the Schnirpels. Soon after he was playing in his school band the "Monkeys". In 1967 he was solo guitarist in the Kiel based psychedelic rock band "Chimes of Freedom", later renamed by its manager to "Die Anderen" (The Others). In that same year, Drews took on his first acting role in the German film comedy Zur Hölle mit den Paukern. He is most known for being a member of the legendary 70's pop group the "Les Humphries Singers", where, in parallel, he also started his solo-career.
Drews first marriage was to German actress and model Corinna Drews (née Gillwald) from 1981 until 1985, with whom he has one son. Since 1995, Drews is married to German actress and model Ramona Drews (née Mittendorf), with whom he has one daughter. He lives in Dülmen-Rorup in Germany and spends a lot of his time working on the Spanish island Majorca, where among his fans he is also known by the German epithet"König von Mallorca" (King of Mallorca), first attributed to him on the German TV show Wetten, dass..? by show host Thomas Gottschalk. In 2011 he also founded his own music-themed personalised bistro, called "König von Mallorca – Kultbistro", in Santa Ponsa.