Note: Originally posted Aug 19, 2009 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
The Original Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox
Biggest Influence on My Music – The jukebox. I lived beside jukeboxes all through the fifties. … I never knew who was singing. I never followed things that way. I still don’t. I wasn’t a student of music; I was a student of the restaurant I was in — and the waitresses. The music was a part of it. I knew what number the song was.
– Leonard Cohen (Yakety Yak by Scott Cohen, 1994)
Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox: Over the years, Leonard Cohen has mentioned a number of specific songs he favors. Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox is a Cohencentric feature that began collecting these tunes for the edification and entertainment of viewers on April 4, 2009. All posts in the Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox series can be found at The Original Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox Page.
The “Sweet Little Sound” Of Janis Joplin
Today’s selection was found by Florian1 in “Leonard Cohen – In Eigenen Worten” (In His Own Words) by Jim Devlin, a volume that includes a list of Leonard Cohen’s Top Five songs of 1985. Fourth on that list is “Piece Of My Heart” by Janis Joplin.
The Chelsea Hotel Connection
In case someone looking for the Lynyrd Skynyrd fan site accidentally wandered onto Cohencentric, I’ll point out what most readers know already – Leonard Cohen has repeatedly attested that his song, “Chelsea Hotel #2,” is about his liaison with Janis Joplin at that very hotel.
On A Personal Note
I’ve personally liked each of the songs featured on Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox, a fact which will no doubt alleviate much angst for Leonard. But, Janis Joplin singing “Piece Of Heart” knocks me out.
This is so damn great ….
Janis Joplin – Piece Of My Heart
Video from bakabana1966
Credit Due Department: Photo of Janis Joplin by Columbia Records (Billboard page 5) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
- Of the several members of LeonardCohenForum who responded to my request for help in finding documented instances of Leonard Cohen favoring a specific song performed by another artist, Florian was far and away the most prolific. He will account for several Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox posts in the future. [↩]