Clive Davis has paid homage to the late, great Leonard Cohen as a “one-of-a-kind” artist who had wizardy with words.
Davis and Cohen’s shared history dates back to the mid-‘60s. John Hammond, who signed the likes of Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and a teenage Aretha Franklin, enticed Cohen to sign with Columbia, which was presided-over at the time by Davis.
Davis shared his thoughts on Cohen’s passing with Billboard. “Leonard Cohen was truly a master songwriter. No one sounded like him either vocally or lyrically. He penetrated your soul with his haunting voice and his piercing words. Leonard was absolutely one-of-a-kind, a poet and an artist who put you under his spell time and time again. “Suzanne”, “So Long, Marianne”, “That’s No Way to Say Goodbye”,” Hallelujah”, “Bird on a Wire”. Each is unforgettable and each will live on forever as will Leonard Cohen, the Canadian poet laureate.”
Cohen, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, has died at the age of 82. His passing was announced to his fans in a message posted Thursday (Nov. 10) on Facebook.