“I had suggested that Harry Belafonte… stop singing calypso and start singing about himself.” Leonard Cohen

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Harry Belafonte’s wife, who had been very suspicious about my presence because I had suggested that Harry Belafonte change his show and stop singing calypso and start singing about himself… He’s a very great singer. We were drinking late into the night at the Four Seasons Hotel and I got out this poem [Slowly I Married Her] and I thought he could set it to music. And I don’t know whether it was the vodka or not, but she wept a few tears that sealed the night very nicely.

 

Leonard Cohen

 

From Authors with Patrick Watson (CBC: 1980)

Note: When Mr Belafonte passed on putting “Slowly I Married Her” to music, Lewis Furey took up the challenge.

Authors with Patrick Watson (CBC: 1980)

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 Oct 30, 2018.

One thought on ““I had suggested that Harry Belafonte… stop singing calypso and start singing about himself.” Leonard Cohen

  1. I would have preferred hearing Leonard singing Day O to hearing Harry Belafonte singing L. Cohen,

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