The Beatles’ “Tomorrow Never Knows” Is On Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox

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.

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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.

“[Tomorrow Never Knows is] very, very beautiful.”

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Leonard Cohen On The Beatles

In “How The Beatles Changed The World,” a 30-minute CBC Radio documentary from Peter Gzowski, first aired in May 1967, Leonard Cohen notes that he has listened to the Beatles on “the AM band” of his transistor radio and specifically describes “Tomorrow Never Knows” as “very, very beautiful.” (See “[Tomorrow Never Knows is] very, very beautiful.” Hear Leonard Cohen Talk About The Beatles – 1967)

“Tomorrow Never Knows” – Background

Wikipedia informs us,

“Tomorrow Never Knows” is the final track of The Beatles’ 1966 studio album Revolver. It is credited as a Lennon/McCartney song, but was written primarily by John Lennon.

The song is significant because it contains the first example of a vocal being put through a Leslie speaker cabinet (which was normally used as a loudspeaker for a Hammond organ) and the use of an ADT system (Automatic double-tracking) to double the vocal image.

“Tomorrow Never Knows” ends the Revolver album in a more experimental fashion than earlier records, which contributed to Revolver’s reputation as one of the group’s most influential and expressive albums.

The Beatles – Tomorrow Never Knows
From Revolver

 

Also See: Leonard Cohen On The Beatles: “There were songs like ‘Hey Jude’ that I could appreciate. But they didn’t seem to be essential to the kind of nourishment that I craved.”

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 Sept 4, 2009 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric.
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  1. Yakety Yak by Scott Cohen, 1994 []

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