“I was a huge fan of Elvis” Leonard Cohen Lauds Elvis Presley, Sings “Can’t Help Falling in Love”

“I was a huge fan of Elvis”

Leonard Cohen


I have plans to sing an Elvis song on stage soon. … – I was a huge fan of Elvis! I was in town until today and bought a compilation LP of the man. Soon you will hear me sing ‘Don’t’ and ‘Are You Lonesome Tonight’ – but not at the plate. My voice is too deep. 20,000 cigarettes have led my tone of voice three to four notches down too far.


Leonard Cohen


From Bård Oses intervju med Leonard Cohen by Linn Gjerstad (BA: March 26, 2012; from May 4, 1988 interview) via Google Translation.


“Presley had that special kind of voice”

Leonard Cohen



I was relieved that all the stuff we’d been feeling for so long found expression in Presley and in rock in general, I was playing his records all the time to friends when they’d come over. I’d say, ‘This guy is a great singer’ – and they thought this was some kind of inverse snobbery. But it wasn’t. Presley had that special kind of voice which makes your heart go out to a singer.


Leonard Cohen


From Read Leonard Cohen’s exclusive interview with Hot Press from 1988 by Joe Jackson (Hot Press: 11 Nov 2016)

Leonard Sings Elvis

While I am unaware of any recordings of Leonard Cohen singing “Don’t” or “Are You Lonesome Tonight,” he did cover “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis Presley. He sings a bit of it, in fact, during this 1988 BBC interview.

A full version of Leonard Cohen singing “Can’t Help Falling In Love” is available on The Other Leonard Cohen Album.



For another Leonard Cohen-Elvis Presley connection, see Elvis’s Rolls Royce

Credit Due Department: Photo of Elvis Presley “Elvis Presley 1970” taken by Ollie Atkins, chief White House photographer, when President Nixon & Elvis Presley met.

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I am republishing selected posts from my former Leonard Cohen site, Cohencentric, here on AllanShowalter.com (these posts can be found at Leonard Cohen). This entry was originally posted Feb 18, 2017.

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