Leonard's song Suzanne was not about his kids' mother Suzanne Elrod, but about Suzanne Verdal, ex-wife of his sculptor friend Armand Vaillancourt.
Leonard has two kids with Suzanne Elrod: Adam, born in 1972, and Lorca, born in 1974 (named after the poet Federico García Lorca).
Leonard Cohen went to Columbia University.
Apart from Leonard Cohen himself, Jennifer Warnes was the first artist to record an entire album of Leonard Cohen songs.
Film Director Lian Lunson made a documentary about Leonard Cohen, called Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man in 2006.
Leonard Cohen was once engaged to actress Rebecca De Mornay.
Leonard Cohen's astrological star sign is Virgo.
Leonard Cohen has a son, Adam Cohen, who is also a singer and songwriter.
Leonard was discovered by John H. Hammond, the Columbia Records man who discovered other famous faces such as Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan.
Leonard's life and music were the basis of Sisters of Mercy, a stage production, made by Gene Lesser in 1973.
Leonard started writing poetry thanks to his mother's encouragement. According to Cohen, he knew singing would impress girls.
Leonard's Chinese Astrology sign is Dog - a person who is loyal, honest and trustworthy.
Leonard's most covered song is the hit Suzanne. It was covered by no less than 15 different artists! Second in place, is the hit Hallelujah, with 11 covers.
Judy Collins recorded one of his songs, Suzanne, for her In My Life album in 1966.
Hank Williams and other Nashville heroes inspired Cohen to form the Buckskin Boys in his teens.
Cohen is suing his business manager of 17 years, Kelley Lynch, for allegedly defrauding him of millions of dollars.
The name given to him while staying in the monistery in the 90's was Jikan, which translates as 'Silent One'.
Cohen's music has often been used as soundtracks in films. In Natural Born Killers (1994) his songs The Future, Waiting for the Miracle, and Anthem from the album The Future were used.
Over the years 1956- 1993 Cohen has written and published 11 books.
In 2006, Cohen is inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame.
In 1996, he was ordained a Buddhist monk.
Cohen refused the Governor General's Award in 1968 for Selected Poems 1956–1968.
He is planning to publish the Book of Longing in 2006.
After the Future tour in 1993, Leonard Cohen lived several years at the Zen Center on Mount Baldy in California.
His father died when Leonard was only 9 years old.
Let Us Compare Mythologies (1956) was his first published poetry.
At the age of 17 when he attended McGill University, he formed a country-western trio called the Buckskin Boys.
His father was an engineer who owned a clothing concern.
Leonard Cohen: There is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in.
Leonard Cohen: People used to say my music was too difficult or too obscure, and I never set out to be difficult or obscure. I just set out to write what I felt as honestly as I could, and I am delighted when other people feel a part of themselves in the music.
Leonard Cohen: A woman watches her body uneasily, as though it were an unreliable ally in the battle for love.
Leonard Cohen: Prayer is translation. A man translates himself into a child asking for all there is in a language he has barely mastered.
Leonard Cohen: I don't consider myself a pessimist. I think of a pessimist as someone who is waiting for it to rain. And I feel soaked to the skin.
Leonard Cohen: Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.
Leonard Cohen: Now, I don't want to give you the impression that I'm a great musicologist, but I'm a lot better than what I was described as for a long, long time; you know, people said I only knew three chords when I knew five.