Joe Cocker’s Cover Of “Bird On A Wire” Is On Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox

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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.

Leonard Cohen On Joe Cocker: “That man is one of the best singers the world has ever seen”

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From Bård Oses intervju med Leonard Cohen by Linn Gjerstad (BA: March 26, 2012)  in Google Translation:

I am always intrigued when someone else record my songs. Especially if they are in foreign languages. I have heard my songs in Finnish, Japanese and Polish. Incredible. But Joe Cocker’s version of “Bird on a Wire” is my favorite. That man is one of the best singers the world has ever seen.

Note: Originally posted Mar 29, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
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