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Leonard Cohen

Singer-songwriter and writer Leonard Cohen

Profession: Singer-songwriter and writer


Biography: Leonard Cohen was an influential singer-songwriter whose career spanned 50 years. Cohen began as a poet before, frustrated at his lack of success became a professional musician.

Cohen's musical style was often haunting and evocative. This is evidenced in "Hallelujah" his most well known song, famously covered by Jeff Buckley. Such Cohen standards as "I'm Your Man", "Death of Ladies Man" and "Suzanne" were often covered by other musicians.

Born: September 21, 1934
Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Dog
Star Sign: Virgo

Died: November 7, 2016 (aged 82)

Historical Events

  • 1967-12-27 Columbia Records releases Leonard Cohen's debut album "Songs of Leonard Cohen"
  • 1971-06-24 "McCabe and Mrs Miller" film by Robert Altman, starring Warren Beatty and Julie Christie with songs by Leonard Cohen is released
  • 1994-08-23 Jeff Buckley releases his album "Grace", featuring his cover of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah"
  • 2008-03-10 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Leonard Cohen; The Dave Clark Five; Madonna; John Mellencamp; The Ventures; Little Walter; Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff
  • 2008-06-27 Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, England opens: Kings Of Leon, Jay-Z, and The Verve headline; other performers include Leonard Cohen, Neil Diamond, The Ting-Tings, SinĂ©ad O'Connor, Gilbert O'Sullivan, Joan Baez, Jimmy Cliff, Suzanne Vega, and Crowded House
  • 2008-06-29 Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, England; Leonard Cohen the highlight singing "Hallelujah"
  • 2012-01-31 Leonard Cohen releases his album "Old Ideas", becomes No.1 in 10 countries