Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox
Biggest Influence on My Music – The jukebox. I lived beside jukeboxes all through the fifties. … I never knew who was singing. I never followed things that way. I still don’t. I wasn’t a student of music; I was a student of the restaurant I was in — and the waitresses. The music was a part of it. I knew what number the song was.
- Leonard Cohen (Yakety Yak by Scott Cohen, 1994)
Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox: Over the years, Leonard Cohen has mentioned a handful of specific songs he favors. Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox is a Heck Of A Guy feature that began collecting these tunes for the edification and entertainment of viewers on April 4, 2009. All posts in the Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox series can be found at the Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox Page.
From Bård Oses intervju med Leonard Cohen by Linn Gjerstad (BA: March 26, 2012) in Google Translation:
I am always intrigued when someone else record my songs. Especially if they are in foreign languages. I have heard my songs in Finnish, Japanese and Polish. Incredible. But Joe Cocker’s version of “Bird on a Wire” is my favorite. That man is one of the best singers the world has ever seen.