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.
“Cross Over The
Road Bridge” By Patti Page
Leonard’s song reference is found in the above excerpt from Yakety Yak by Scott Cohen:
Biggest Influence on My Music: The jukebox. I lived beside jukeboxes all through the fifties. There was ‘The Great Pretender,’ ‘Cross Over the Road.’
While Leonard named “Cross Over the Road,” the only song with that title I’ve found that Leonard could have heard by 1994 is a Christian hymn by Pamela Verrall. Even allowing for Leonard Cohen’s ecumenicism and the idiosyncrasies of Montreal jukebox listings in the 1950s, this seems an unlikely choice. I suspect Leonard instead had in mind “Cross Over The Bridge,” which was written by Bennie Benjamin and George David Weiss in 1945 but became a best-seller when recorded by Patti Page in 1954. (Page’s release was covered at that time by The Chords.) Page’s version entered the Billboard chart on February 17, 1954, staying on the chart for 23 weeks and peaking at position #2.2
Patti Page – Cross Over The Bridge
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 29, 2017.