Biggest Influence on My Music: The jukebox. I lived beside jukeboxes all through the fifties. There was “The Great Pretender,” “Cross Over the Road.” 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.
From Yakety Yak by Scott Cohen1 (1994)
Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox
This quotation parallels the following excerpt from a March 2 1985 Leonard Cohen interview with B.P. Fallon (RTE 2, Dublin, Ireland):
Leonard Cohen: It was a great restaurant. I am sorry it disappeared. It was, it was a real funky restaurant, but it had white tablecloths; I don’t know why. (Laughs) And a really good jukebox. Well, it changed over the years. They had good country songs on it, … “Unchained Melody” was a song that I used to listen to a lot on that.
B. P. Fallon: Which version?
Leonard Cohen: …
B. P. Fallon: The Righteous Brothers?
Leonard Cohen: The Righteous Brothers, right.
B. P. Fallon: Interesting, here it is.
Leonard Cohen: Oh, that’s a good one.
These comment by Leonard Cohen led to the publication, beginning April 4, 2009, of All Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox posts can be found at The Original Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox Page.
Note: Originally posted Apr 19, 2010 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
- Full title: “Yakety-Yak : The Midnight Confessions and Revelation of Thirty-Seven Rock Stars and Legends” published by Fireside. The Leonard Cohen section also includes many other quote-worthy tidbits, including “What to Tell a Woman after Sex: Thank you. [↩]