Closing Time: Leonard Cohen, Robert Vaughn, Jimmy Young

I had intended to publish remembrance posts today in the one day this year between Armistice Day and Remembrance Day but 2016 just keeps piling it on.

Now it’s Leonard Cohen who has left us.

Not to mention actor Robert Vaughn – aka Napoleon Solo in the Man From U.N.C.L.E. but whose best performance was as a conscientious German officer, Major Paul Kreuger, undone by circumstances in the film The Bridge at Remagen – and, earlier in the week, a voice from my youth (though he was too soft-edged to be a anything like a favourite,) Jimmy Young, once a stalwart of BBC Radio 2.

I suppose everybody will be using Hallelujah to sign Leonard Cohen off. Here instead is one of his songs from 1992, Closing Time.

Leonard Norman Cohen: 21/9/1934 – 7/11/2016. So it goes.
Robert Vaughn: 22/11/1932 – 11/11/2016. So it goes.
Leslie Ronald “Jimmy” Young: 21/9/1921 – 7/11/2016. So it goes.

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  1. Judith

    It’s strange, Jack–when I read your comment on my blog, I had an immediate association to Leonard Cohen and was wondering (and felt pretty certain) that you have been an admirer of his work. Mournful days.

    And not 30 minutes ago, Ken and I were commiserating and reminiscing about Robert Vaughn–such a varied career, really. The obits are only touching his most “pop” work, but he did so much more, as you mentioned in The Bridge at Remagen and his other top-notch performances in other World War II films of the 1960s and 1970s.

    He was only 83. That doesn’t even sound old to me anymore.
    Rest in peace.
    And may you and Katrina stay hearty.
    Guess what? Ken and I were so depressed last night that we discussed ideas about going on a cruise. Well, you guys started it.


  2. jackdeighton

    I do have others whose work I turn to more often but I certainly did admire Leonard Cohen. It’s always sad when such great artists pass on.

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