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Born: September 21, 1934 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Montreal, Quebec, CA Profession:

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Singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen penned emotionally moving, highly poetic ruminations on love, faith, the present and the future over the course of a highly respected career that drew comparisons with such iconic musicians as Bob Dylan. An acclaimed poet in his native Canada, Cohen began writing songs in the late 1960s, garnering initial attention for his song "Suzanne," which, like so much of his material, was covered by numerous artists. Though possessed of a gravely, near-monotone singing voice, Cohen's dramatic, jazz-infused delivery imbued songs like "Bird on a Wire," "Famous Blue Raincoat" and "Sisters of Mercy" with considerable passion and gravitas, which elevated him to cult status in the United States and full-fledged stardom around the world. A tribute album by longtime collaborator Jennifer Warnes in 1987 led to a career revival that positioned him as the musical forebear of the independent music scene, as well as a peer of such established songwriters as Paul Simon, Lou Reed and Joni Mitchell. Like those artists, Cohen also continued to remain prolific and relevant well into the 21st century, touring and recording with the energy and commitment to his craft of much younger performers. An...

Singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen penned emotionally moving, highly poetic ruminations on love, faith, the present and the future over the course of a highly respected career that drew comparisons with such iconic musicians as Bob Dylan. An acclaimed poet in his native Canada, Cohen began writing songs in the late 1960s, garnering initial attention for his song "Suzanne," which, like so much of his material, was covered by numerous artists. Though possessed of a gravely, near-monotone singing voice, Cohen's dramatic, jazz-infused delivery imbued songs like "Bird on a Wire," "Famous Blue Raincoat" and "Sisters of Mercy" with considerable passion and gravitas, which elevated him to cult status in the United States and full-fledged stardom around the world. A tribute album by longtime collaborator Jennifer Warnes in 1987 led to a career revival that positioned him as the musical forebear of the independent music scene, as well as a peer of such established songwriters as Paul Simon, Lou Reed and Joni Mitchell. Like those artists, Cohen also continued to remain prolific and relevant well into the 21st century, touring and recording with the energy and commitment to his craft of much younger performers. An inspirational figure to writers, poets and lovers for over a half-century, Leonard Cohen underscored rock-n-roll's status as a true art form by bringing literary brilliance to the medium.

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1955:
Moved to NYC after graduating from McGill University (date approx.)
1956:
Published first book of poetry <i>Let Us Compare Mythologies</i>
1963:
Wrote first novel <i>The Favourite Game</i>
1966:
Penned "Suzanne" and "Dress Rehearsal Rag" for folk singer Judy Collins' album <i>In My Life</i>
1967:
Released debut album <i>Songs Of Leonard Cohen</i>
1967:
Made musical performing debut at Newport Folk Festival
1967:
Made acting debut in drama feature "The Ernie Game"
1969:
Sophomore album <i>Songs from a Room</i> featured single "Bird on a Wire"
1971:
Released <i>Songs of Love and Hate</i>; featured the singles "Avalanche" and "Famous Blue Raincoat"
1973:
First live album, <i>Live Songs: Leonard Cohen</i>
1984:
Released <i>Various Positions</i>, which included signature track "Hallelujah"
1985:
Co-wrote screenplay and soundtrack to musical fantasy film <i>Night Magic</i> with Lewis Furey
1986:
Guest starred on NBC's "Miami Vice"
1991:
First cover of "Hallelujah," recorded by Welsh singer John Cale, featured in tribute album <i>I'm Your Fan: The Songs of Leonard Cohen</i>
1994:
Three tracks from 1992 album <i>The Future</i> "Waiting for the Miracle," "The Future," and "Anthem" featured in Oliver Stone's "Natural Born Killers"
1994:
Jeff Buckley's cover of "Hallelujah" included in late singer's only complete album <i>Grace</i>
1994:
Retreated to the Mt. Baldy Zen Center near Los Angeles, CA for five-year seclusion
2001:
Made musical comeback with 10th studio album <i>Ten New Songs</i>
2008:
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
2010:
Album of live performances <i>Songs from the Road</i> released
2010:
Received a lifetime achievement Grammy Award
2012:
Reached No. 3 on <i>Billboard</i> 200 chart with twelfth studio album <i>Old Ideas</i>
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Education

McGill University: Montreal , Quebec - 1955

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