“Jezebel” By Frankie Laine Is On Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox


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 Cohen1

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.

“Frankie Lane, he was singing Jezebel”

Frankie Laine: Nov 1949

“Frankie Lane, he was singing Jezebel” is, of course, the opening line of Leonard Cohen’s “Memories.”2 Cohen’s introduction of “Memories” during his June 8, 1985 concert at the Warfield in San Francisco elaborates:3

One footnote : there is a singer mentioned in the first line of the first verse, the singer Frankie Laine. He’s to be remembered for his stellar rendition of “Jezebel.”

Jezebel was also #3 on Leonard Cohen’s Top Five songs of 1985.4


“Jezebel” was written in 1951 by Wayne Shanklin and recorded by Frankie Laine with the Norman Luboff Choir and Mitch Miller and his orchestra on April 4, 1951. The record reached #2 on the Billboard chart and was a million seller.5

Frankie Laine – Early Video of “Jezebel
Video from Mark Gallagher

Note: Originally posted Jun 9, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric


  1. Yakety Yak by Scott Cohen, 1994 []
  2. For more about “Memories,” see Two Leonard Cohen “Memories” Videos. []
  3. Diamonds In The Lines []
  4. From “:Cohen – In Eigenen Worten” (In His Own Words) by Jim Devlin, which was pointed out to me by Florian []
  5. Wikipedia []