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Leonard Cohen

Singer-songwriter and writer Leonard Cohen

Profession: Singer-songwriter and writer


Why Famous: 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 Leonard Cohen releases his debut album "Songs of Leonard Cohen" on Columbia Records
  • 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"
  • 2008-06-29 Glastonbury music festival in England; Leonard Cohen the highlight singing ""Hallelujah"
  • 2012-01-31 Leonard Cohen releases his album "Old Ideas", becomes No.1 in 10 countries