Remembering Leonard Cohen: 5 Things You Didn't Know

November 11, 2016

2016 has not been kind to many of our beloved musicians.

We were saddened to learn of the passing of singer-songwriter and poet, Leonard Cohen, who died yesterday at age 82. He influenced many artists from R.E.M to Bob Dylan, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008.

Here are some things you may not have known about Mr. Cohen.

1. Leonard Cohen has a connection to "Suite Judy Blue Eyes." The subject of that song, Judy Collins, is credited with discovering Cohen. She was the first artist to record his "Suzanne" and "Dress Rehearsal Rag" for her 1966 album "In My Life."

2. He spent part of the late 1990s living in a Buddhist monastery in California. His Zen name is Jikan, which means "Silent One".

3. He was briefly engaged to Rebecca De Mornay.

4. Cohen's song "Hallelujah" has been covered by many notable singers, including John Cale, Jeff Buckley, Bob Dylan, Brandi Carlile, Regina Spektor, k.d. lang, Rufus Wainwright, Willie Nelson, Bon Jovi and Bono. The song has also been used in countless TV shows and movies, prompting Cohen to say in 2009 that it's "it's a good song, but I think too many people sing it."

5. In 1986, he made a guest appearance on the TV show Miami Vice as a character named Fran ois Zolan, head of Interpol.

One of my favorite Leonard Cohen covers, this comes from the 1991 tribute album, "I'm Your Fan."