21 September 1934, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. A graduate in English Literature from McGill and Columbia Universities, Cohen first made an impression as a novelist. The Favorite Game (1963) and Beautiful Losers (1966) offered the mixture of sexual and spiritual longing, despair and black humour, prevalent in his lyrics. Two early songs, Suzanne and Priests, were recorded by folk singer Judy Collins, and the former was also included on Songs Of Leonard Cohen (1967), the artists impressive debut. The weary loneliness portrayed by his intonation was enhanced by the barest of accompaniment, while the literate, if bleak, subject matter endeared the artist to a generation of bedsit singer-songwriter aficionados. The album also featured Sisters Of Mercy and Hey, Thats No Way To Say Goodbye, two haunting compositions destined to become classics of the genre.
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