Leonard Cohen was a highly influential Canadian singer, songwriter, poet, and novelist who was bestowed as a Companion of the Order of Canada, the nations highest civilian honour. He was romantically involved with Janis Joplin, while his 1984 song, Hallelujah, was laboured over for 5 years and famously covered by Jeff Buckley.
While originally pursuing a career in literature and poetry in the '50s and '60s, Cohen didn't launch his music career until 1967 with four iconic folk albums: Songs of Leonard Cohen (1967), Songs from a Room (1969), Songs of Love and Hate (1971) and New Skin for the Old Ceremony (1974). In 1977, Death Of A Ladies Man was co-written and produced by Phil Spector.
His 15th studio album thanks For The Dance was released posthumously in 2019.