“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

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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)

“You’ve touched her perfect body with your mind” Leonard Cohen Performs Suzanne – San Jose 2012

Leonard Cohen – Suzanne
San Jose: Nov 7, 2012
Video by

And you want to travel with her, and you want to travel blind
And you think you maybe you’ll find her
For you’ve touched her perfect body with your mind

Originally posted Nov 9, 2012 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“Thanks For All The Lights, Friends” Leonard Cohen 2009 San Jose Concert Brightened By Thin Green Glow Sticks

Fans Greet “Suzanne” With Green Lights

When Leonard Cohen broke into “Suzanne,” fans broke out green glow sticks in celebration and were rewarded for their efforts by Cohen voicing his appreciation from the stage at 1:27. (The waving lights response was organized by Leslie Py Wener.)

Thanks for all the lights, friends

Note: This is part of the Leonard Cohen Grand Tour Souvenirs series; also see 50,000 Green Glow Sticks – Tel Aviv 2009

Leonard Cohen – Suzanne
San Jose: Nov 13, 2009
Video from arlenedick15

Originally posted Nov 14, 2009 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

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“[Suzanne] has a real place in my so-called career, and people do want to hear it… It can stand up.” Leonard Cohen 1988


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You go in and out of affection for old material, and you’d like to be loved for things you’re doing now. But it [Suzanne] has a real place in my so-called career, and people do want to hear it… It can stand up.quotedown2

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Leonard Cohen: The Eloquence, The Songs Still Floating On The Air by Richard Harrington (Washington Post; Published in Gainesville Sun: Dec 25, 1988)

Video: Joan Manuel Serrat Performs Leonard Cohen’s “Suzanne” In Catalán – 1996

Joan Manuel Serrat, perhaps the most popular singer-songwriter in Spain and Latin America, sings “Suzanne” in Catalán.

Joan Manuel Serrat – Suzanne
Palau Sant Jordi: 23 April 1996
Video from ifarac

Originally posted November 10, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Never Before Published Video From The 1972 Bird On A Wire Concerts: Leonard Cohen Performs Suzanne

Also see The 1972 Bird On A Wire Concerts: Leonard Cohen Performs Marianne

For more information about this soon to be released documentary, see Tony Palmer’s New DVD Of Previously Unseen 1972 Leonard Cohen Concert Footage

“It’s strange how that song [Suzanne] provokes discussion, it wasn’t really the intention, it’s just a song. I don’t mean the song to be anything but a song.” Leonard Cohen

From The Strange, Sad and Beautiful World of Leonard Cohen By Andrew Furnival. Petticoat: December 30, 1972. Originally posted Oct 21, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric