The Tell Me, Bird Of Paradise Campaign
On July 6th, 2006, I posted “Do I Have To Dance All Night” – The Best Leonard Cohen Song You’ve (Probably) Never Heard. At the time, that title was accurate. Only those who had been Cohen fans before 1980 – and not all of them – had heard this wonderful song.
Although Leonard Cohen performed “Do I Have To Dance All Night” many times in concerts during the 1976 and 1980 tours, it was only released as a 45 rpm single in Europe in 1976 and was never released in the US.
The 2006 post was the first salvo in my ongoing battle to re-introduce “Do I Have To Dance All Night” to at least the community of Leonard Cohen’s admirers.
I also cobbled together a pastiche of Cohen-associated photos and clips into a couple of videos that kinda sorta fit the music of “Do I Have To Dance All Night.” On April 28th, 2009, I posted Do I Have To Dance All Night – The Leonard Cohen Video You’ve Never Seen, which featured the 1976 version with Laura Branigan, and on May 27th, 2009, I posted Leonard Cohen’s Other “Do I Have To Dance All Night” (1980 Version) Gets Its Own Video, which spotlighted the 1980 iteration of the song.
As a result, thousands of fans who were unaware of this song’s existence have had the opportunity to hear it and watch the accompanying video.
The YouTube stats now show that the video of the 1976 version is approaching 50,000 viewings.(The 1980 version, considered by many to be the superior rendition, has been viewed 11,386 times.)
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