The Original 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.
It’s Coming From The Silence On The Dock Of The Bay
In addition to that allusion in the above heading to Otis Redding’s “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” in the lyrics of “Democracy,” Leonard Cohen noted his fondness for a specific song by Redding in a 1993 interview1 when he responded to the query, “Who currently blows you away as a songwriter?”
This isn’t quite the moment to ask me, because I’ve been on the road for a long time and one’s disinterest in music becomes Himalayan in proportion. But, you know, if I hear George Jones singing “Grand Tour,” it can blow me away. If I hear Otis Redding singing “These Arms.”
“These Arms of Mine” was Otis Redding’s first single on Stax, released on his debut album, Pain in My Heart, in 1964.
Otis Redding – These Arms Of Mine
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Credit Due Department: Photo of Otis Redding By Volt Records (Billboard, page 7, 7 January 1967) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Note: Originally posted May 10, 2012 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
- Leonard Cohen by Dev Sherlock. Musician Magazine: November, 1993 [↩]