5 Things to Know About Marc Cohn
If most people don’t know Marc Cohn by name, they likely know his biggest hit: “Walking In Memphis.” The 1991 chart-topping ode to Memphis includes heartfelt shootouts to W.C. Handy, Beale Street, Elvis and the Rev. Al Greene. Cohn nabbed the Grammy for Best New Artist that year.
Cohn’s been entertaining audiences around the world ever since with his bluesy, rootsy sound. He returns to McGlohon Theater July 12 for his summer tour. Click here for more info and tickets.
Here are five facts you may or may not know, depending on your level of fandom:
1. Cohn’s most recent release, “Listening Booth: 1970,” reinterprets songs that made an impression on him when he was 11. He covers tunes from “Maybe I’m Amazed” by Paul McCartney to “Tears of a Clown” by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles. Troutman native Jim Lauderdale accompanies Cohn on The Grateful Dead’s “New Speedway Boogie.” Cohn’s take on Cat Stevens’ “Wild World,” however, shouldn’t be missed.
2. He’s married to Elizabeth Vargas, a host on ABC’s “20/20.”
3. In 2005, a man shot Cohn in the head during an attempted carjacking after a show in Denver. The bullet hit above his right temple. “I was so lucky where the bullet ended up, and it was just taken out while I watched the doctor do it. It was strange,” he told NPR. “What was left for me to deal with was the emotional side effects … I had some nightmares and a lot of anxiety, but nothing that lasted too long. I was back on the road four months later and grateful to be.” (Click here to listen to the NPR report that includes two more tunes from “Listening Booth: 1970.”)
4. For the recent Jackson Browne tribute album, “Looking Into You,” Cohn recorded “Too Many Angels” with singer-songwriter Joan as Police Woman. Here’s a video of Browne and Cohn doing “Crazy Love” in 2005 on VH-1’s “Hard Rock Live.” “Crazy Love” is from Van Morrison’s “Moondance,” which was released in 1970.
5. Cohn turns 55 on July 5. He told a reporter recently that he abides by actor Matthew McConaughey’s “just try to sweat every day” philosophy. “I have heart disease in my family and have two children that are not old that I want to be around.” Though Cohn doesn’t play golf for exercise, he watches it to fall asleep. “It’s my ‘go-to’ thing for napping.”