Canadian singer-songwriter, novelist and poet LEONARD COHEN was born in Westmount, Quebec on this date in 1934, and began playing guitar in high school. After attending McGill University, Cohen published his first book of poetry in 1956 following graduation. He published several additional volumes of poetry and a couple of novels through the 1960’s, before turning his attention to music. A 1966 poem, “Suzanne”, became a hit single as a song for Judy Collins once put to music by Cohen. A record deal followed, as did the debut album “Songs of Leonard Cohen” (1967). With songs as varied as “Hallelujah”, “Famous Blue Raincoat”, and “Bird On a Wire”, Leonard Cohen remains among the greatest singer-poets of his age. He is a member of the Rock and Roll hall of Fame, the Canadian Music Hall of Fame as well as the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame.