Renowned singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen was born in Montreal on this date in 1931. The beloved architect behind such songs as “Hallelujah,” “Bird On The Wire,” “Suzanne,” “Who By Fire” and many others was 82 at the time of his death last November. In celebration of the baritone-voiced wordsmith of the highest degree, below is a compilation of videos featuring Cohen in each decade from the 1960s through the 2010s.
The first clip below comes from Cohen’s 1967 appearance on the Once More With Felix program that was hosted by his collaborator Julie Felix for the BBC and features his take on “The Stranger Song.” The next decade is represented by a version of “One Of Us Cannot Be Wrong,” complete with an introductory backstory, from the Live at the Isle of Wight 1970 official release. Cohen’s landmark 1985 concert in Warsaw, Poland is included in a performance of his “If It Be Your Will.”
A clip from an appearance in May 1993 on Later… With Jools Holland is the representative of the nineties and showcases an arrangement of “Dance Me To The End Of Love.” The final pair of videos come from the July 2008 recording of “Hallelujah” from the Live In London official release and September 2013 rendition of “I’m Your Man” from the Live In Dublin official release. Watch Leonard through the decades in the videos presented below: