Sebastian Bach Credits Jeff Buckley For The Success Of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’

Former Skid Row singer Sebastian Bach recently shared a series of tweets on his official account in which he gave the lion’s share to Jeff Buckley for the enormous success and popularity of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah.’

Written by Leonard Cohen, ‘Hallelujah‘ originally featured on his seventh studio album, 1984’s ‘Various Positions.’ Although it is one of the singer’s best-known songs today, it didn’t achieve the expected success when it first came out. The song became increasingly popular over time with its cover versions by other artists like John Cale and Jeff Buckley.

Cale’s version of the song formed the basis for most of the upcoming performances of the famous track. It increased its popularity with his appearance in the film ‘Shrek.’ It was also a massive inspiration for Buckley, allowing him to reinterpret the music in his own version by adding new elements. Buckley’s version, featuring on his only studio album, ‘Grace,’ became one of the most appreciated performances of the song.

Upon seeing an article about the song in Rolling Stone, Sebastian Bach took his official Twitter account to share his thoughts on the famous ballad. The rocker wrote that it achieved such popularity thanks to Jeff Buckley rather than Leonard Cohen. The singer likened it to Dolly Parton’s version of ‘I Will Always Love You,’ popularized by Whitney Houston later. He credited Cohen for writing the song but thinks it wouldn’t be a classic without Jeff Buckley’s performance. He claimed that the track’s appearance in the film ‘Shrek’ also happened thanks to Buckley due to the success of his version.

Sebastian Bach’s initial Twitter post read:

“The song ‘Hallelujah’ became a classic because of Jeff Buckley and nobody else.”

Then, he continued:

“Leonard Cohen’s version is like the Dolly Parton version of ‘I Will Always Love You.’ Of course, he wrote the song, but Jeff is the one who brought it to public awareness.”

His following tweet:

“If Jeff Buckley never recorded the song, it never would have been in ‘Shrek,’ and you would never have heard it, and this article would never have been written, and this tweet would never have been written.”

You can check out the tweets and listen to Buckley’s version below.