[During the recording of Death Of A Ladies’ Man] I was holding on for dear life. My family was breaking up at the time – just to show up was rough. Then I’d have to go through this ninth-rate military film noir atmosphere. I’ve never forgotten Phil [Spector] coming towards me with a bottle of Manischewitz in one hand, a .45 in the other and putting his arm around my shoulder, shoving the gun into my neck, cocking it and saying, ‘Leonard, I love you.’ It wasn’t that much fun.
From No Mercy – Leonard Cohen’s Tales from the Dark Side by Anthony DeCurtis. Rolling Stone: January 21, 1993.
Leonard Cohen’s Death Of A Ladies’ Man, produced and co-written by Phil Spector, was released November 13, 1977. T
he track most frequently performed from this album was “Memories.” Check out this rendition from a October 31, 1979 German TV program. Especially noteworthy is the choreography of backup singers Jennifer Warnes and Sharon Robinson.