Leonard Cohen, Canadian singer-songwriter, Died at 82

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Leonard Norman Cohen was born on September 21, 1934, and died on November 7, 2016.

He was a Canadian singer, songwriter, poet, and novelist.

Leonard Cohen’s work explored religion, politics, isolation, sexuality, and personal relationships.

He was inducted into both the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame as well as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Leonard Cohen was a Companion of the Order of Canada, the nation’s highest civilian honour.

During 2011, he received one of the Prince of Asturias Awards for literature and the ninth Glenn Gould Prize.

His first album was Songs of Leonard Cohen (1967) followed by Songs from a Room (1969) (featuring the often-recorded “Bird on the Wire”) and Songs of Love and Hate (1971).

Leonard Cohen’s 1977 record Death of a Ladies’ Man was co-written and produced by Phil Spector, which was a move away from Cohen’s previous minimalist sound.

During 1979 Cohen returned with the more traditional Recent Songs, which blended his acoustic style with jazz and Oriental and Mediterranean influences.

Leonard Cohen song “Hallelujah” was first released on Cohen’s studio album Various Positions in 1984.
I’m Your Man in 1988 marked Cohen’s turn to synthesized productions and remains his most popular album.

During 1992, he released its follow-up, The Future, which had dark lyrics and references to political and social unrest.

He returned to music in 2001 with the release of Ten New Songs, which was a major hit in Canada and Europe.

Leonard Cohen’s eleventh album, Dear Heather, followed in 2004.

Following a successful string of tours between 2008 and 2010, Cohen released three albums in the final four years of his life: Old Ideas (2012), Popular Problems (2014) and You Want It Darker (2016), the last of which was released three weeks before his death.

Leonard Norman Cohen passed away at 82 years old.


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