Leonard Cohen, ‘Hallelujah’ singer-songwriter, artist and poet, dead at 82

Leonard Cohen in 2009.

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LOS ANGELES Leonard Cohen, the singer-songwriter who exceptionally affected several generations with his darkly meditative and cerebral tunes, has actually passed away, his record label verified on his Facebook page Thursday night. He was 82.

“It is with extensive sadness we report that famous poet, songwriter and artist, Leonard Cohen has actually died,” checks out the post. “We have actually lost among musics most respected and revered visionaries. A memorial will happen in Los Angeles at a later date. The household demands personal privacy throughout their time of sorrow.”

Cohen belongs in the very same breath as Bob Dylan, fellow Canadians Gordon Lightfoot and Joni Mitchell and all of the luminescent troubadours of the late 1960s folk motion though he was possibly the darkest, the moodiest, the most reflective amongst them.

His mournful bass vocal and spectral nylon-stringed guitar lines would stay his signature noise throughout his profession, which never ever rose him to fantastic industrial celeb, however likewise never ever failed him, as he composed, tape-recorded and explored into his eighties.

In reality, Cohen launched 2 records in the previous 3 years, Popular Problems in 2014 and You Want it Darker in October, and both were popular. Cohen likewise composed poems and released 2 books, The Favorite Game in 1963, and the acclaimed Beautiful Losers in 1966, rather questionable and seriously well-known for its graphic representations of sex.

Nearly whatever Cohen composed was unabashedly intimate, frequently political and individual, and though social commentary remained in his DNA, snarling demonstration tunes were not his calling card; rather, he dove deep on matters of the heart and spirit, a vein that would specify his creative voice and method of living throughout 6 years.

Leonard Cohen in Frankfurt, Germany, in 1976.

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His early records included his 1967 launching album Songs of Leonard Cohen and the follow-up, Songs From a Room. It wasn’t up until 1984’s Various Positions that he would initially launch “Hallelujah,” just a modest success till it was covered by Jeff Buckley in the 1990s. That amazing variation frequently utilized in movie and TELEVISION soundtracks released lots of other variations in numerous languages, with an approximated 5 million copies offered worldwide.

Though he never ever wed, Cohen had 2 kids with Los Angeles artist Suzanne Elrod. Previously this year his goodbye letter read at the funeral service for Marianne Stang Jensen Ihlen, whom he dated through the majority of the 1960s and for whom the tune “So Long, Marianne” was composed.

“Our bodies are breaking down and I believe I will follow you soon,” his letter checked out. “Know that I am so close behind you that if you extend your hand, I believe you can reach mine.”

A Los Angeles memorial for Cohen was being prepared.