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.
“Aaron Neville’s got a great version of [Bird On A Wire]” – Leonard Cohen
From the Nov 18, 1992 CBC Radio Morningside interview with Peter Gzowski:
Gzowski: [The recording of Bird On A Wire to be played next] isn’t the best version and neither is yours.
Leonard Cohen: That’s right
Gzowski: Whose is?
Leonard Cohen: Tim Hardin’s is pretty good. … Tim Hardin did a very beautiful version of it. And also Aaron Neville … Aaron Neville’s got a great version of it.
Aaron Neville – Bird On A Wire
Jazz Open, Stuttgart, Germany: July 1995
Note: Originally posted Oct 25, 2013 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric