“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.'” Leonard Cohen’s Death Of A Ladies’ Man Released 40 Years Ago


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[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.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

 

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.

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