Who Is Leonard Cohen?


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Leonard Cohen enjoys distinction as a musician, poet and writer. Cohen hails from Montreal, Canada. He distinguishes himself as a singer and songwriter with a deep, baritone voice and poetic lyrics that he writes himself.

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Leonard Cohen was born in 1934, and showed interest in music and singing at a young age. Cohen learned to play the guitar as a teenager, but remained committed to his academic studies as his musical interests progressed. Cohen graduated from McGill University in 1955, writing poems and novels while in school. He then moved to New York City, composing and recording folk and pop songs.

Cohen's musical career took off in the mid-1960s, as he wrote songs for popular artists including Judy Collins and Noel Harrison. Cohen produced several hits himself, including "Suzanne" and "Hey, That's No Way to Say Goodbye." Between the 1960s and 1970s, Cohen produced several notable albums, including "Songs From a Room" and "Songs of Love and Hate." "Songs From a Room" includes one of Cohen's most famous songs, "Bird on a Wire," while "Avalanche" and "Famous Blue Raincoat" appear on the latter album. The 1980s brought release of Cohen's albums "Various Positions" and "I'm Your Man," introduced in 1984 and 1988, respectively. The 1990s brought several more albums, including a collection of songs recorded on his 2008 and 2009 American tour.

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