Judy Collins, whose early recordings of Leonard Cohen’s music first introduced the Canadian singer-songwriter to a wide audience, paid tribute to her fellow worker in song at the 59th GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony on Feb. 12, 2017 with a gorgeous cover of Suzanne that earned a standing ovation.
You can play the guitar very well … I’ve heard worse. You can sing very nicely; I’ve heard much worse … And that [Suzanne] is a song – and I’m recording it tomorrow.
Originally broadcast on George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight (CBC TV)
Note: Originally posted December 12, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
1967 Rheingold Festival Print Ad Promotes July 21 Judy Collins-Leonard Cohen Show
It’s well known that one of Leonard Cohen’s earliest public appearances as a singer-songwriter took place when Judy Collins brought him onstage with her to perform Suzanne at the 1967 Rheingold Music Festival in Central Park, New York. The date of that show, however, has been unclear. Now, however, the discovery of this contemporaneous print ad for the 1967 Rheingold Festivity (the only complete schedule for the two-month 1967 Rheingold Festivity that I’ve found) from the WBAI Folio, July, 1967, Vol. 8, WBAI radio 99.5 FM (New York, NY) provides not only an addition to the Signs Of Leonard Cohen collection but also establishes the presumptive date of the Leonard Cohen-Judy Collins performance: July 21, 1967.
“Leonard Was Terrified”
In Sweet Judy Blue Eyes – My Life In Music by Judy Collins (Crown Archetype, October 18, 2011), Judy Collins’ describes Leonard Cohen’s first official concert performance, at her invitation, as a professional singer – the April 30, 1967 SANE Against Vietnam War Concert At New York City Town Hall.
Credit Due Department: Photo by Jim.henderson – Own work, CC0, via Wikimedia
Note: Originally posted Nov 13, 2011 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
Judy Collins : And we’d like to sing together for you…
Leonard Cohen : This is a song that we first sing together in a Hotel room in Newport..
Judy Collins: That’s right! That’s right, the Festival it was…
Leonard Cohen: We sang it all night
Judy Collins: I know ….
Leonard Cohen & Judy Collins – Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye
Chicago Soundstage TV Broadcast: Jan 1976
Video by Beta Hi-Fi Archive
Note: Originally posted Mar 13, 2012 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
Judy Collins Performs Leonard Cohen’s Verses In Pittsburgh To Light Applause
Leonard Cohen has always acknowledged his debt to Judy Collins for her help in starting his songwriting career by covering and popularizing his songs.
It turns out, however, there was at least one Collins performance of Cohen’s poetic lyrics that did not win any prizes from the audience.
In 1966, the same year Mary Martin introduced Collins and Cohen, the International Poetry Forum booked Judy Collins for a December 14th presentation at Carnegie Music Hall in Pittsburgh.