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Revisit Nina Simone's soaring cover of Leonard Cohen's 'Suzanne' from 1969 / FAR OUT

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We're taking a look back at the legendary 1969 cover of Leonard Cohen's ‘Suzanne' from the imperious Nina Simone, as the singer takes Cohen's ethereal lead protagonist and embodies every mystical moment of her.

Whether it's because he began writing without the intention to ever sing his songs or indeed his poetic imagery was so universal that almost everyone can connect with it. Either Way, we're betting that despite being, as Nick cave once said, "inimitable", Leonard Cohen is one of the most well-covered artists of all time.

That's not to say that Leonard Cohen has had the most covers. You'd be looking to David Bowie and The Beatles for that kind of honour. Moreover, when people do eventually pluck up the courage to take on a Cohen song, then it's usually a bloody brilliant effort. Naturally, your mind wanders to Jeff Buckley's incredible handling of ‘Hallelujah' as the shining example, but there was another cover which we felt grabbed Cohen's work by the scruff of the neck.

That person is, of course, Dr. Nina Simone. The artist may well be thought of now as a powerhouse performer, human rights activist and serial civil rights hero, but she was only just getting started when she took on Cohen's track. While others may have played with the idea of the titular character, Simone purely embodied her.