SUZANNE

Latest update on 14/04/2018

Artist: Judy Collins
Author: Leonard Cohen
Label: Elektra
Year: 1966

About Suzanne Vaillencourt, the wife of an artist friend from Montreal. On Judy's lp In My Life, revealing the author's writing talent. It also contains Cohen's Dress Rehearsal Rag. Her version opened doors for Cohen, Columbia's to begin with. While Judy convinced Cohen to perform his own songs live, John Hammond offered him a contract. Besides, there's an earlier live version of Suzanne circulating by Toronto folk band The Stormy Clovers, with a Susan (Jains) as singer. They're also rumoured to have introduced Cohen's Sisters Of Mercy. They were even Leonard's back-up band when he first dired performing his own songs live (at the Venus De Milo Coffeehouse in Montreal) and during his first TV appearance (Take 30). They never obtained any recording contract.

Covers:

1967:

Noel Harrison [son of Sir Rex; first cover]

1967:

Leonard Cohen [author on his debut]

1968:

George Hamilton IV

1968:

Jack Jones

1968:

Sandpipers

1968:

Pearls Before Swine

1968:

Spanky & Our Gang

1968:

Genesis

1968:

Fairport Convention [BBC recording]

1969:

Harry Belafonte

1969:

Herman Van Veen [in Dutch]

1969:

Nina Simone

1970:

Fran├žoise Hardy

1970:

Frans Halsema

1971:

Neil Diamond

1971:

Joan Baez

1971:

Anni-Frid Lyngstad

1971:

Roberta Flack

1974:

Fabrizio De Andre [in Italian]

1984:

Flying Lizards

1987:

Rob De Nijs

1990s:

Frank Boeijen [using Herman Van Veen's translation]

1991:

Geoffrey Oryema

1995:

Peter Gabriel

1998:

R.E.M. [elements in Hope; admitted by the band]

2003:

Frank Boeijen & Yasmine

2008:

James Taylor

2008:

Ian McCulloch

2008:

Alain Bashung

2009:

Beck [lead track from cd Songs of Leonard Cohen]

2018:

Jim Van der Zee

Other Cohen penned songs first released by Judy: Sisters Of Mercy, Hey That's No Way To Say Goodbye, The Story Of Isaac and Bird On The Wire (see there).

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