The Original Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox
Biggest Influence on My Music
The jukebox. I lived beside jukeboxes all through the fifties. There was “The Great Pretender,” “Cross Over the Road.” I never knew who was singing. I never followed things that way. I still don’t. I wasn’t a student of music; I was a student of the restaurant I was in — and the waitresses. The music was a part of it. I knew what number the song was.
Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox: Over the years, Leonard Cohen mentioned a number of specific songs he favored. Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox is a Cohencentric feature that began collecting these tunes for the edification and entertainment of viewers on April 4, 2009. All posts in the Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox series can be found at The Original Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox Page.
“Take These Chains from My Heart” By Ray Charles
Leonard Cohen On “Take These Chains from My Heart” By Ray Charles
I told Cohen that “my first conscious experience of song as therapy” occurred one night 13 years earlier while I was listening to his recording, “Sing Another Song, Boys.” I explained why. He said, “That’s the way I feel when I hear certain songs at certain times. I feel, ‘He’s said it for me,’ like when Ray Charles sings ‘Take These Chains from My Heart (And Set Me Free)’. ”2
“Take These Chains from My Heart” was written by Fred Rose and Hy Heath for Hank Williams, whose recording of the song went to #1 in 1953 (after Williams’ death Jan 1, 1953). Ray Charles covered on his 1962 album, Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music Volume Two.
Ray Charles – Take These Chains From My Heart
This is one of 5 Ray Charles songs on Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox:
- A Special Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox Selection: His Favorite Song Played While Writing The Favourite Game: “I Wonder” By Ray Charles
- “Ol’ Man River” By Ray Charles Is On Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox
- Ray Charles Singing “You Win Again” Is On Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox
- “Take These Chains from My Heart” By Ray Charles Is On Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox
- “Losing Hand” By Ray Charles Is On Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox
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 Jan 2, 2017.
- Yakety Yak by Scott Cohen, 1994 [↩]
- From Hallelujah – An Irishman’s Diary on meeting Leonard Cohen by Joe Jackson (Irish Times: Jan 1, 2017) [↩]