Chuck Berry Dies – “All of us are footnotes to the words of Chuck Berry” Leonard Cohen

“If Beethoven hadn’t rolled over, there’d be no room for any of us.”Leonard Cohen

Chuck Berry, a founding member of rock & roll who enriched culture with such classics as “Johnny B. Goode,” ”Sweet Little Sixteen” and “Roll Over Beethoven,” died Saturday. He and Leonard Cohen were the first two recipients of PEN New England’s Song Lyrics of Literary Excellence Award in 2012. At that time, Leonard declared “If Beethoven hadn’t rolled over, there’d be no room for any of us.”

More about Chuck Berry at Chuck Berry 1926-2017: “The only true king of rock’n’roll” by Julia Rampen (NewStatesman: 18 March 2017)

“I can tell you that the Stamp Committee has again received a proposal to honour Leonard Cohen. And you can help make it happen by sending letters of support to Canada Post,”

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Let’s Give Leonard Cohen A Literal Stamp Of Approval by Robert Waite (Huffington Post: Feb 21, 2017) Full story at the link.

Robert Waite is Chair of Canada Post’s Stamp Advisory Committee, a voluntary, unpaid position.

Video: Leonard Cohen Becomes Ninth Laureate Of Glenn Gould Prize – 2012

glenng Leonard Cohen was honored at the Glenn Gould Prize ceremony held May 14, 2012.  The following excerpt is from the YouTube blurb:

Leonard Cohen was honoured as the Ninth Laureate of the Glenn Gould Prize at a music-filled gala at Massey Hall on Monday night. ZoomerNews Videographer Darrin Maharaj has the details.

Baby, I’ve Been Here Before: Leonard Cohen Garners Four Posthumous Juno Award Nominations

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2017 Juno Award Nominations:

  • Album of the Year: Leonard Cohen You Want It Darker
  • Artist of the Year: Leonard Cohen
  • Songwriter of the Year: Leonard Cohen “You Want It Darker,” “It Seemed the Better Way,” “Traveling Light”
  • Adult Alternative Album of the Year: Leonard Cohen You Want It Darker

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Previous Leonard Cohen Juno Awards

1991: Juno/Canadian Music Hall of Fame
1993: Male Vocalist Of The Year1
1993: Best Video2
1994: Songwriter of the Year
2013: Artist of the Year
2013: Songwriter Of The Year3
2015: Album Of The Year4

Note; In addition to these awards, Leonard Cohen has received numerous nominations

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Credit Due Department: Photo atop this post from Library and Archives Canada. Photographer: Barry Roden. Thanks to Linda Sturgess for contributions to this post.

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  1. Male & Female Vocalists Of The Year are now subsumed under the title Artist Of The Year []
  2. For Closing Time, directed by Curtis Wehrfritz []
  3. For the songs “Amen”, “Going Home” and “Show Me the Place” []
  4. For Popular Problems []