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12:18pm, 11th November, 2016

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One of the greatest singer-songwriters of the golden sixties and seventies, Leonard Cohen dies at the age of 82.

“It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet, songwriter and artist, Leonard Cohen has passed away,” the statement made by Sony Music Canada, Cohen’s label, read. “We have lost one of music’s most revered and prolific visionaries. A memorial will take place in Los Angeles at a later date. The family requests privacy during their time of grief.”   

Cohen was one of the few artists in the realm of popular music that can be called poets. He was one who raised the bar for song writing in his period.

“I never had the sense that there was an end.”

He was 33 when his first record was released in 1967. He played with an acoustic guitar and cheap keyboard and sang in a grave bass voice. But his lyrics, ah his lyrics magnificent and succinct, meditated on love, hate, sex, faith, sacred and profane. He was sometimes known as the ‘the master of erotic despair.’

“I never had the sense that there was an end,” he said in 1992. “That there was a retirement or that there was a jackpot.”

Over a musical career that spanned more than 50 years, Leonard Cohen made an impact that might be only bested by Bob Dylan. He has become a legend whose songs have been covered and recorded more than 2000 times by various artists. He is a cultural force that has influenced a lot of us in different ways.

Here are 10 of his best Songs You Shouldn’t Miss.

1. Hallelujah

2. I am Your Man

3. Suzanne

4. Bird on the Wire

5. So Long, Marianne

6. Famous Blue Raincoat

7. Dance Me to the End of Love

8. Tower of Song

9. The Future

10. Almost Like the Blues

“I’ve always been into self-dramatization,” Cohen said last month. “I intend to live forever.” And, mind you, Leonard Cohen will live forever.

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