Leonard Cohen Dies At Age Of 82

By Mark Beech | Leonard Cohen, the influential singer-songwriter seen by some as a strong rival to Bob Dylan, dies at the age of 82.

Leonard Cohen at he 47th Montreux Jazz Festival (FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)
Leonard Cohen at he 47th Montreux Jazz Festival (FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

Cohen’s death was confirmed on his Facebook page by Sony Music Canada.

The announcement comes only weeks after his last studio album, You Want It Darker, a collection which sparked renewed rumors about his health. On the title track, he intoned in a voice of pure doom: “I’m ready, my Lord.” As a signoff, it will come to stand alongside David Bowie’s Blackstar from earlier in 2016.

Cohen started as a writer, poet and novelist in the 1960s, winning attention with the novel Beautiful Losers. He then moved into stark lyrics which initially led to comparisons with fellow Canadian Joni Mitchell. His early songs included “Suzanne,” famously covered by Judy Collins, with its lyric “you’ve touched her perfect body with your mind.” More soon flowered on albums with wonderfully downbeat titles: Songs of Leonard Cohen, Songs from a Room, Songs of Love and Hate, Recent Songs and Ten New Songs among them.

“Bird on the Wire” was a highlight, a song now covered by hundreds of artists from Johnny Cash to Joe Cocker, with its opening “like a bird on the wire, like a drunk in a midnight choir, I have tried in my way to be free.”

“Hallelujah” sold more than five million copies, with cover versions by John Cale, Jeff Buckley, k.d. lang and others.

 

Source: http://www.forbes.com

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4 Responses to Leonard Cohen Dies At Age Of 82

  1. L'Oreal December 16, 2016 at 11:16 am

    Leonardo Cohen? That name doesn’t sound familiar. Great article, I just got informed. He must be a really great singer to have drawn comparison with Bob Dylan. Rest in peace great Icon…

    God Bless Abovewhispers.
    Always Educating me.

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  2. Travis December 16, 2016 at 11:31 am

    Woah!!! Leo’ is gone?
    I’ve come across few of his tracks and they were awesome. He’ll forever be remembered as one of the exceptional musicians.
    R. I. P Leo’

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  3. Timi December 16, 2016 at 11:33 am

    Knowledge will always remain Power. I don’t think I’ve heard of him before. Rest On Leonardo Cohen..

    #Abovewhispers
    #AlwaysEducating

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  4. Bamisebi Toluwalope December 19, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    Yeah right….. I totally agree with my friends on this platform @L’oreal and Timi…. Name doesn’t sound familiar at all but it’s obvious this singer is a great singer. . Thank God for the live he spent. Rest in peace.
    Longlive Abovewhispers.com
    Always and forever educating.

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