KW-12-2017: Leonard Cohen und … ELTON JOHN. Es muss nicht immer der Tod sein . Gestern am 25. März 2017 ist Elton John 70 Jahre alt geworden. Mit Leonard Cohen sang er in den 90ern den Ray Charles Klassiker “Born To Losse” im Duett.


Es muss nicht immer der Tod sein – ELTON JOHN wird 70


Christof Graf

So unendlich viele Musiker, Künsrler, Singer/ Songwritwr sind in den letzten Jahren rund um das Lebensalter “70 Jahre” gegangen. Aber es muss nicht immer der Tod sein, wenn man über “70jährige” Singer/ Songwriter berichtet.


1993 – Das Jahr in dem Leonard Cohen auf Weltournee war und Elton John ein Duets-Album aufnahme.



ELTON JOHNs Duett mit Leonard Cohen 1993

Der RAY CHARLES – Klassiker “Born To Loose”

Cohen war ein bekennender Ray Charles-Fan und hörte insbesondere gerne das Album “Genius Sings The Blues.” 1993 nahm er für Elton Johns Duets-Album den Song “Born To Loose” auf. Cohen traf Elton John dabei nicht persönlich. Sie schicktenm sich die Aufnahmen gegenseitig zu und übersangen die jeweiligen Tonspuren.










ELTON JOHN`s Diskographie (Auswahl)

Eine vollständige Diskography für eine musikalische Größe wie Elton John zu generieren ist eine Herausforderung. Anbei eine Auswahl der Hauptwerke.


Extended Plays

  • 1977: The Thom Bell Sessions


Kompilationen und Raritäten

  • 1970: Reg Dwight’s Piano goes Pop
  • 1974: Lady Samantha
  • 1974: Greatest Hits
  • 1977: Greatest Hits Vol. 2
  • 1980: The Very Best of
  • 1987: Greatest Hits Vol. 3
  • 1990: To Be Continued
  • 1990: The Very Best of (Zweite Ausgabe)
  • 1992: Rare Masters
  • 1997: Love Songs
  • 2002: Greatest Hits 1970–2002
  • 2006: Christmas Party
  • 2007: Rocket Man – The Definitive Hits

  • 1970: The Games
  • 1971: Friends
  • 1994: The Lion King (Filmmusik: Hans Zimmer; Texte: Tim Rice)
  • 1999: The Muse
  • 2000: The Road to El Dorado
  • 2011: Gnomeo and Juliet

Singles (Auswahl)

  • I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (1968)
  • Lady Samantha (1969)
  • It’s Me That You Need (1969)
  • From Denver to LA (Soundtrack: „The Games“; USA 1969)
  • Border Song (1970)
  • Your Song (1970)
  • Friends (Soundtrack: „Friends“; 1971)
  • Levon (1972)
  • Tiny Dancer (1972)
  • Rocket Man (1972)
  • Honky Cat (1972)
  • Crocodile Rock (1972)
  • Daniel (1973)
  • Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting (1973)
  • Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1973)
  • Step into Christmas (1973)
  • Candle in the Wind (1. Veröffentlichung; 1974)
  • Bennie and the Jets (1974)
  • Don’t Let the Sun Go down on Me (1. Veröffentlichung; 1974)
  • Whatever Gets You Through the Night (Duett mit John Lennon; 1974)
  • The Bitch Is Back (1974)
  • Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds (1974)
  • Philadelphia Freedom (1975)
  • Someone Saved My Life Tonight (1975)
  • Island Girl (1975)
  • Grow Some Funk of Your Own/I Feel Like a Bullet (1976)
  • Pinball Wizard (1976)
  • Don’t Go Breaking My Heart (Duett mit Kiki Dee; 1976)
  • Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word (1976)
  • Bite Your Lip (Get Up and Dance) (1977)
  • Crazy Water (1977)
  • Ego (1978)
  • Part Time Love (1978)
  • Song for Guy (1979)
  • Are You Ready for Love (1. Veröffentlichung; 1979)
  • Mama Can’t Buy You Love (1979)
  • Victim of Love (1979)
  • Little Jeannie (1980)
  • (Sartorial Eloquence) Don’t You Wanna Play This Game No More 1980
  • Dear God (1980)
  • I Saw Her Standing There (Liveduett mit John Lennon; 1981)
  • Nobody Wins (1981)
  • Just Like Belgium (1981)
  • Chloe (1981)
  • Blue Eyes (1982)
  • Empty Garden (Hey Hey Johnny) (1982)
  • Princess (1982)
Singles (Auswahl)

  • All Quiet on the Western Front (1982)
  • I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues (1983)
  • I’m Still Standing (1983)
  • Kiss the Bride (1983)
  • Cold as Christmas (1983)
  • Sad Songs (Say so Much) (1984)
  • Passengers (1984)
  • Who Wears These Shoes (1984)
  • In Neon (1985)
  • Breaking Hearts (Ain’t What It Used to Be) (1985)
  • Act of War (Duett mit Millie Jackson; 1985)
  • Nikita (1985)
  • Wrap Her Up (1985)
  • Heartache All over the World (1986)
  • Slow Rivers (Duett mit Cliff Richard; 1986)
  • Flames of Paradise (Duett mit Jennifer Rush; 1987)
  • Candle in the Wind (2. Veröffentlichung; 1987)
  • I Don’t Wanna Go On with You Like That (1988)
  • Town of Plenty (1988)
  • A Word in Spanish (1988)
  • Through the Storm (Duett mit Aretha Franklin; 1989)
  • Healing Hands (1989)
  • Sacrifice (1990)
  • Club at the End of the Street (1990)
  • You Gotta Love Someone (1990)
  • Easier to Walk Away (1990)
  • Don’t Let the Sun Go down on Me (2. Veröffentlichung; 1991)
  • The One (1992)
  • Runaway Train mit Eric Clapton (1992)
  • The Last Song (1992)
  • Simple Life (1993)
  • True Love (Duett mit Kiki Dee; 1993)
  • Don’t Go Breaking My Heart (Duett mit RuPaul; 1994)
  • Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing (Duett mit Marcella Detroit 1994)
  • Can You Feel the Love Tonight (1994)
  • Circle of Life (1994)
  • Believe (1995)
  • Made in England (1995)
  • Blessed (1995)
  • Please (1996)
  • You Can Make History (Young Again) (1996)
  • Live Like Horses (Duett mit Luciano Pavarotti; 1996)
  • Something About the Way You Look Tonight (1997)
  • Candle in the Wind 1997 (1997)
  • Recover Your Soul (1998)
  • If the River Can Bend (1998)
  • Written in the Stars (Duett mit LeAnn Rimes; 1999)
  • Someday out of the Blue (2000)
  • I Want Love (2001)
  • This Train Don’t Stop There Anymore (2002)
  • Original Sin (2002)
  • Are You Ready for Love (1979 Radio Edit) (2. Veröffentlichung; 2003)
  • Hello Hello (mit Lady Gaga)
  • Home Again (2013)- nur Download

KW-12-2017: Chuck Berry und … Leonard Cohen. 2012 erhielten Sie den PEN AWARD.




–> Berry, Chuckà Charles Edward Anderson „Chuck“ Berry, 1926 in St. Louis, Missouri geboren, US-amerikanischer Sänger, Gitarrist, Komponist, gilt als ein Pionier des Rock ʼnʼ Roll. 2012 erhielt er zusammen mit Leonard Cohen den à PEN Award. Überraschungsgast war à Keith Richards

–> PEN AWARD. 2012 erhielt Cohen den PEN AWARD. Bono, Rosanne Cash, Elvis Costello, Bill Flanagan, Paul Muldoon, Smokey Robinson, Salman Rushdie und Paul Simon waren zugegen, als Leonard Cohen zusammen mit Chuck Berry geehrt wurde. Salman Rushdie hielt die Laudatio auf Cohen, und Überraschungsgast und Mitbegründer der Rolling Stones, Keith Richards, sprach über Chuck Berry. Aber auch Bob Dylan meldete sich trotz Abwesenheit zu Wort. In einer E-Mail, die von Bill Flanagan verlesen wurde, nannte Bob Dylan Berry „the Shakespeare of rock & roll“ und Cohen „the Kafka of the blues“. Cohen konterte bei seiner Acceptance Speech später dass er im Vergleich zu Berrys „Roll Over Beethoven“ nur im Sinne von Walt Whitmans joyful noise ein bisschen „barbaric yawp“ fabriziere. „If Beethoven hadnʼt rolled over“, he said, „thereʼd be no room for any of us.“

Salman Rushdie zitierte vor seiner Laudatio einige Zeilen von „Bird On A Wire“ und meinte nur: „Put simply, if I could write like that, I would.“ Dann folgte die eigentliche Laudatio von Salman Rushdie:

„Well this is a gig I wouldnʼt have missed for the world, I have to say. We were all having our picture taken backstage and I thought, this is the best photograph I have ever been in, and Iʼve been in one or two. I really have to say Iʼm really grateful to PEN New England for the initiative of doing this, and to everybody who made it happen. When I was telling my friends that I was going to come and have the privilege of giving an award to Leonard Cohen, they began to insist that I did certain things. All of these friends were women. One of them said I should kiss him for her. Havenʼt done that yet, Leonard. Another of my friends said, ‚You know, I live on Clinton Street, and Iʼd really like him to come make music for me all through the evening, and Iʼll even wear a blue raincoat.‘ This is a sign of how much regard and how deeply these songs have entered peoples lives. Yesterday, just as an experiment, I put on my twitter feed. I asked people what was their favorite Leonard Cohen line, and hundreds of people replied with an enormous diversity of lines from this extraordinary songbook. Several of them were among my favorites, but it was just both, the breadth of the response, how much different work was being responded to, how passionately it was being responded to, how much it meant to how many people. It was really very telling. Iʼve been listening to Leonard Cohenʼs music ever since I was an undergraduate at Cambridge (the other Cambridge; the old one). Itʼs really a thrilling opportunity to have a chance to tell him how much that music has meant to me for over four decades. I said to him before we came on that when we were kids he taught us something about how it might be to be grown up. How to have relationships that were in the real world, that were not kid stuff, but had the pain, the difficulty, the complexity, and the exaltation of real relationships to the real world of adult life.

Listening to his lyrics again before this evening, I was struck by something I had forgotten perhaps about how much religious imagery there is to be found in them. Jesus crops up in ‚Suzanne‘ and there are the ‚Sisters of Mercy‘ and of course there is the great Hallelujah. There has always been something anthemic, something hymn-like about Leonard Cohenʼs greatest songs, though when you start listening closely, you here his wit and his jaundice comedy and sometimes his disillusion undermining those hymnal qualities. Not many hymns would rhyme Hallelujah with whatʼs it to ya. Not to mention all the other rhymes in that which are equally non-sacred. I think itʼs true that all great literature begins at the level of the line. If you canʼt write a good line, you canʼt write a good paragraph, you canʼt write a good page, you canʼt write a good book. At the level of the line for all these years, Leonard Cohenʼs work has been amazing us again and again. This is work of great beauty and depth, and to put it simply, if I could write like that, I would. I think of poets in the twentieth century who have had a real relationship with meter and rhyme, and who have loved the playfulness of those things, and I think of W. H. Auden and James Fenton, and I think that the kind of playfulness of those rhymes in Hallelujah, for example, is something that an Auden or a Fenton would respond to very immediately because itʼs the kind of language play that you find in their poetry, but there is only one man who writes like this, exploring melancholy and exhaultation, desire and loss, as nobody else can, and so it is with great respect and admiration I am able to present this award. Now itʼs my great pleasure to present the 2012 PEN Award for Song Lyrics of Literary Excellence to Mr. Leonard Cohen.“


Fotos: CHristof Graf (Chuck Berry), mit frdl. Unterstützung von

KW-11-2007: A Broken Hallelujah – Das Buch von Liel Leibovitz gibt es nun auch in französischer Sprache … überarbeitet und ergänzt.


In this philosophical biography, Liel Leibovitz looks at what it is that makes musician/philosopher/poet Leonard Cohen an enduring international figure in the cultural imagination. Born into a Canadian religious Jewish family, for years a reclusive lyricist on the Greek island of Hydra, known for his bold political commentary, his devotion to Buddhist thought and his later despair over contemporary Zionism, Cohen hardly follows the rules of a conventional rock star. Yet the prophetic themes of his music, often filled with pessimism and apocalyptic visions, prove redemptive to an audience that spans generations, from those who listened in the 1960′s to today. As Leonard Cohen requires, this is a passionate and personal evocation of a man who appeals to the inner spirit of his fervent followers…

Now this book is updated and in French available…it will be out in April 2017…. more about it soon….




KW-11-2007: #GEOFFREY WREN in : #Leonard Cohen#book_of_memories – Moments Of Memories. (part 45/ 82) – “Meeting Leonard Cohen for the last time … and some DIGITAL ART “, so Geoffrey WREN – Freund von Leonard Cohen . – In 2017, now there are 21 years of German Website on Leonard Cohen `s Life & Work: & & ### celebrates a new section called: #book_of_memories




KW-11-2017: #JULIE CHRISTENSEN in : #Leonard Cohen#book_of_memories – Moments Of Memories. (part 44/ 82) – ” this pic is taken on HYDRA in 1988, I believe `s from a BBC-Docu… “, sagt die langjährige Begleitsängerin Leonard Cohens (1988 – 1993) über ihr FACEBOOK-Foto im März 2017. – In 2017, now there are 21 years of German Website on Leonard Cohen `s Life & Work: & & ### celebrates a new section called: #book_of_memories


(photo : used by permission of Julie Christensen)

Im Februar 2017 nahm Julie Christensen, eine der beiden Backgroundsängerinnen während den Tournen 1988 und 1993 das Foto von sich zusammen mit Perla Batalla und Leonard Cohen in dessen Haus, aufgenommen 1988 für eine BBC-Dokumentation in ihr FACEBOOK-Profil auf.




KW-11-2017: #ALLAN SHOWALTER in : #Leonard Cohen#book_of_memories – Moments Of Memories. (part 43/ 82) – ” Leonard Cohen is the most fervently gracious person on the planet “, so “the one & only – always amazing – very often “cohencentric & a real “Dr. Heck Of A Guy” Allan Showalter – webmaster & very welcomed special guest – In 2017, now there are 21 years of German Website on Leonard Cohen `s Life & Work: & & ### celebrates a new section called: #book_of_memories


Alle, die sich mit Leonard Cohen beschäftigen, kennen die einschlägigen Websites und Webmaster. Einer der “cohenzentrischsten” ist Dr. Allan Showalter. Seit über zehn Jahren leistet er kontinuierlich Recherche-Arbeit De Luxe in Sachen Leonard Cohen.  Seine us-amerikanische Seiten waren zunächst jene unter dem Namen “DrHeckOfAGuy” und danach ““.

Beides Seiten, die auch Leonard Cohen schätzte und den Dr. der Psychologie auch backstage während der Grand-Tour einlud. Eine besondere Ehre wurde Allan Showalter zuteil, als er einer Einladung Leonard Cohens in den dessen Haus in Los Angeles folgen durfte.

Die beiden obigen Fotos dokumentieren beide sehr emotionale, wie auch aussagekräftigen Zusammentreffen.

Ich danke Allan dafür, die beiden Momentaufnahmen für die cohenpedia-Galerie zur Verfügung zu stellen….und für die beiden Statements:

Statement 1 (photo left)

“Every time Duchess (nearest Leonard in the photo) and I met Leonard, he was inevitably, invariably, exceedingly Cohenesque – engaging, entertaining, charming, and, according to one of us, sexy, but most of all, he (and his assistant Kezban Özcan) were gracious.” (ALLAN SHOWALTER)

Statement 2 (photo right)

 “I confess to being unaware of the most elemental musicological knowledge, I am ignorant of the basics of songwriting, and I haven’t a clue about iconicity. I do, however, know graciousness when I’m overwhelmed by it. And, Leonard Cohen is the most fervently gracious person on the planet.” (ALLAN SHOWALTER)

Please have a look at those great & wonderful sites on




KW-10-2017: #MOntreal – The Leonard Cohen Event in the year of 2000: #Leonard Cohen#book_of_memories – Moments Of Memories. (part 42/ 82) – “Leonard Cohens Elternhaus in Montreal/ Kanada”. – In 2017, now there are 21 years of German Website on Leonard Cohen `s Life & Work: & & ### celebrates a new section called: #book_of_memories


Montreal ist Cohens Geburtsort (Royal Victoria Hospital) und lange Jahre erster Wohnsitz Leonard Cohens. Seit den 80ern gilt Los Angeles als erster Wohnsitz. Sein Elternhaus (Bild oben) in der Belmont Avenue 599 verkaufte er, bewohnte aber noch ein Haus in Downtown, wenn er in Montreal war.


KW-09-2017: #Fredericton 2008: #Leonard Cohen#book_of_memories – Moments Of Memories. (part 41/ 82) – “Das erste Konzert der “Comebacktournee“ 2008 in der kanadischen Provinz am 11. Mai 2008 in Frederiction. – In 2017, now there are 21 years of German Website on Leonard Cohen `s Life & Work: & & ### celebrates a new section called: #book_of_memories


Das erste Konzert der


in der

kanadischen Provinz

In Fredericton Playhouse, New Brunswick, Canada, May 11, 2008.