Leonard Cohen’s Silky Smooth Version Of “Do I Have To Dance All Night” – Montreux 1976

Ongoing readers will be aware of my fascination with and personal crusade to popularize Do I Have To Dance All Night – The Best Leonard Cohen Song You’ve (Probably) Never Heard, the best unreleased Leonard Cohen song.1

Like many of Leonard’s tunes, Do I Have To Dance All Night was performed live in a number of variations. And, as bootleg aficionado, messalina79 aka Ruth Stimson, describes it, this is a “silky smooth version of Do I Have To Dance All Night from Montreux 1976.” (Ongoing readers may recall that the 1976 Montreux concert was also the source of the recording featured in Is This Leonard Cohen’s Most Beautiful Performance Of So Long, Marianne?)

What more is there to say about this outstanding rendition other than identifying the backup singers as Sheryl Barnes and Laura Branigan? Just hit the embedded video player, sit back, and enjoy.

Leonard Cohen – Do I Have To Dance All Night
Montreux: June 25, 1976
Video from aka Ruth Stimson

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 Mar 17, 2010 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric.


  1. Yes, I know it was issued as a single in Europe. You know what I mean []

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