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 Heck Of A Guy 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 Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox Page.
From Leonard Cohen’s introduction to Memories during his June 8, 1985 concert at the Warfield in San Francisco:1
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.”… There’s another song of his: “Black Lace:” “Lady beware, every time that you wear lace, black lace”. Very good song.
Of course, Leonard could have been speaking ironically. Gerrit Terstiege, however, writing at the Leonard Cohen Facebook page, noted that during his interview with Leonard Cohen, the Canadian singer-songwriter, in talking “about songs he loved when he was young,” “mentioned ‘Black Lace’ by Frankie Laine.”
Black Lace was released Jan 1950 on Mercury Records as a shellac 10″ 78 RPM Merco Plastic record. Credits: Mer. 5363 Carl Fischer (piano) Frankie Laine (vocals) unidentified orchestra, Harry Geller (conductor) and others. The flip side was Frankie Laine – The Cry Of The Wild Goose.2
Frankie Laine – Black Lace
Video from Mark Gallagher
Credit Due Department: Photo of Frankie Laine by Guild Films Company – eBay itemphoto frontphoto back, Public Domain, Wikipedia Commons