LEONARD COHEN Passed Away 5 Years Ago Today

Three top tracks from the past, from top artists from the past

7 November 2021

The genial singer-songwriter was born in Westmount, Montreal on 21 September 1934.
He passed away in Los Angeles, Californië on, 7 November 2016, today 5 years ago.
He was 82.

Cohen started his brilliant artistic career as a writer – poetry and novels – in 1954,
but disappointed after years without any success he decided to start writing music.

His debut album Songs Of Leonard Cohen came out in 1967. His 15th and final LP Thanks For The Dance was released posthumously, in 2019, 3 years after his death.

1-2-3 top tracks to remember the unforgettable luminary
(hard job to pick just three, as he wrote countless top songs)…

– TOWER OF SONG –
(Notable live version)

– LOVER LOVER LOVER –

– HALLELUJAH

R.I.P. legend.

I’ll have Cohen on my
earphones all day long…

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LEONARD COHEN: All Albums

LEONARD COHEN – Third Album ‘SONGS OF LOVE AND HATE’ Released 50 Years Ago

18 March 2021

Artist: LEONARD COHEN
Westmount, Montreal, 21 September 1934
Los Angeles, California, 7 November 2016

Album: SONGS OF LOVE AND HATE – 3rd LP
Released: 19 March 1971 – 50 years ago
Score: # in the UK, #8 in Australia, but only #145 in the US

AllMusic/ Mark Deming: “Songs of Love and Hate is one of Leonard Cohen’s most emotionally intense albums — which, given the nature of Cohen’s body of work, is no small statement. While the title Songs of Love and Hate sums up the album’s themes accurately enough, it’s hardly as simple as that description might lead you to expect, in these eight songs… If Songs of Love and Hate isn’t Cohen’s best album, it comes close enough to be essential to anyone interested in his work.” Score: 9/10.

TUTV: Without a shadow of a doubt one of the
best singer/songwriters and crooners of all time.

Stream album…

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LEONARD COHEN: All Albums

When BILL CALLAHAN And BONNIE ‘PRINCE’ BILLY Cover LEONARD COHEN

Reveries for the laziest day of the week…

7 February 2021

Friends Bill Callahan and Will Oldham – Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – have been
pretty active the past months with covering songs from selected songwriters
like Johnnie Frierson, Air Supply, and Michael Burton among others.

And here’s another melancholic pearl. This time an emotive ballad by the late
great Leonard Cohen. They picked The Night Of Santiago, which came out
in 2019, three years after he passed away when his son Adam released it first
under the title Thanks For The Dance.

The Night Of Santiago is a song based on a brief affair, which Cohen adapted from
a Federico García Lorca poem. Oldham & Callahan invited avant-rock guitar wizard
and former Squirrel Bait/Gastr Del Sol member David Grubbs for this one.

Here come the crooners…

The Cohen original

R.I.P. LEONARD COHEN – Passed Away 2 Years Ago – On 7 November 2016…

7 November

As we all know too well time flies without mercy and doesn’t pause for just one second.
So, I was really surprised to find out that legendary and iconic Canadian poet, novelist
and supreme singer-songwriter LEONARD COHEN left Planet Earth already two years ago, on 7 November 2016. He was 82. To remember a one of a kind artist Turn Up The Volume selected three goosebumps Cohen moments performed live. Here we go…

– TOWER OF SONG –
(US TV ‘Night Music Show‘ – 1989)

– LOVER LOVER LOVER –
(French TV – June 1976)

– HALLELUJAH –
(San Sebastian, Spain – 1988)

LEONARD COHEN: Website – Facebook

Picture This…

Here’s the affecting trailer of a new documentary, titled ‘Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love’ about the late great Leonard Cohen and his Norwegian muse Marianne Ihlen who inspired him to write some of his most famous songs…

LEONARD COHEN: Facebook –  Website

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HISTORY – 7 April 1969

7 April 2019

On 7th April 1969, yes, a half century ago today LEONARD COHEN, the late, great Canadian singer/songwriter released his second LP, titled SONGS FROM A ROOM. American music weekly Rolling Stone wrote “Well, it looks like Leonard Cohen’s second
try won’t have them dancing in the streets either. It doesn’t take a great deal of listening
to realize that Cohen can’t sing, period. And yet, the record grows on you…”

This review says a lot about how the early Cohen records, before he became a bona fide icon, were perceived. Nobody really understood what this weird artist and his dark, lazy voice was about back then, although many understand this guy had something special.
The album reached #63 on the US Billboard Albums Chart and #2 on the UK charts.

Album in full…

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LEONARD COHEN: Facebook – Website


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