“I had suggested that Harry Belafonte… stop singing calypso and start singing about himself.” Leonard Cohen

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Harry Belafonte’s wife, who had been very suspicious about my presence because I had suggested that Harry Belafonte change his show and stop singing calypso and start singing about himself… He’s a very great singer. We were drinking late into the night at the Four Seasons Hotel and I got out this poem [Slowly I Married Her] and I thought he could set it to music. And I don’t know whether it was the vodka or not, but she wept a few tears that sealed the night very nicely.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

 

From Authors with Patrick Watson (CBC: 1980)

Note: While Mr Belafonte passed on putting Slowly I Married Her to music, Lewis Furey took up the challenge.

Authors with Patrick Watson (CBC: 1980)

Photos: Leonard Cohen & Lewis Furey

Leonard Cohen Offers Typewriter To Lewis Furey

In the brand new issue of @LQ_Mag, Lewis Furey tells me about the typewriter his mentor Leonard Cohen once offered him, “because he could not decipher my little hand-scribbled poems. [Translated by Google]