John Lissauer

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John Lissauer
BornSummit, New Jersey, U.S.
Occupation(s)Composer, producer, performer
Associated actsLeonard Cohen, Bette Midler, Whitney Houston, Luther Vandross, Air Supply, Manhattan Transfer

John Lissauer is a composer, producer, and performer. He grew up in Hauppauge, Long Island. At the age of 19, he arranged the first recordings of Al Jarreau.[1] John went on to produce and arrange a pair of hugely successful Leonard Cohen albums. John produced and arranged the first, iconic recording of Hallelujah. It was also featured in the film Watchmen. In 2019, John was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame for producing, arranging and conducting the first recording of "Hallelujah" by Leonard Cohen.[2][3] Lissauer received a Clio "Campaign of the Decade" award for his work for Polaroid.[4]

John studied clarinet and saxophone with Joe Allard in NYC from 1961 through 1970. He attended Yale University and graduated Cum Laude in Music.[citation needed]

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Artist Release Label Credit
Leonard Cohen Various Positions Columbia Producer/Arranger/Performer
Leonard Cohen New Skin for the Old Ceremony Columbia Producer/Arranger/Performer
Mary Fahl Love & Gravity BMI Publishing Producer/Arranger/Performer
Mary Fahl Four Sings BMI Publishing Producer/Arranger/Performer
Mary Fahl The Other Side of Time Odyssey Producer/Arranger/Performer
Bette Midler Songs From the New Depression Atlantic Records Arranger/Conductor
Loudon Wainwright III Final Exam Arista Records Producer/Arranger/Performer
Loudon Wainwright III T-shirt Arista Records Arranger/Performer
Lewis Furey Lewis Furey Aquarius Records Producer/Arranger/Conductor/Performer
Lewis Furey The Sky is Falling Aquarius Records Producer/Arranger/Conductor/Performer
Tony Bird Bird of Paradise Columbia Producer/Arranger/Performer
Anjani Blue Alert Columbia Arranger/Performer
Kiss Peter Criss Solo Album Casablanca Records Conductor
The Hotel Orchestra Swings Digital A & M Records Arranger/Performer/Composer
Carole Laure Alibis RCA Victor Arranger/Conductor/Performer
Carole Laure She Says Move On Fnac Music Arranger/Performer
Leata Galloway Leata Ariola Producer/Arranger/Conductor/Performer
Clara Ponty The Embrace Philips Classics Co-Producer/Arranger/Performer
Ayo Joyful Polydor Records Producer/Arranger/Performer
Daniel Rodriguez In The Presence Blix Street Records Arranger/Conductor
Eddie Brigati Lost in the Wilderness Elektra Arranger/Conductor/Performer
Fred Stark Time After Time New Central Music Company, LLC Arranger/Performer
Kenny Karen This Day Big Tree Records Arranger/Performer
Lisa Gutkin From Here On In Independent Producer/Performer
Ten Feet Deep Ten Feet Deep Independent Producer

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Short films/documentaries[edit]

  • Leonard Cohen: Dance Me to the End of Love (A-Acme Film Works)
  • The Truce (Independent, NYU)
  • Gone into the Clearing (Veech Productions)
  • Remember (Colassalvision)
  • På danske læber live (Auditorium)
  • Susanna (Hidden Layers)
  • Rooster (Jamison Newlander Productions)
  • Mickey Lee (Lawnrunner Films)
  • Crackshot Stu (Lawnrunner Films)
  • Clever Grete (Tabularassa Productions)


  • Pokémon (TV Series) (Pokémon USA)
  • Supernova (Hallmark Entertainment)
  • Flood: A River’s Rampage (Hallmark Entertainment)
  • An American Girl on the Home Front (American Girl)
  • Robotboy (Alphanim)
  • No Big Deal (Cinétudes Films)
  • Shinchan (JPS Producties; Shin Ei Animation; TV Asahi)
  • The Powerpuff Girls (Hanna-Barbera Productions)


  • Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (Sundance)
  • Leonard Cohen: Under Review 1934–1977 (Chrome Dreams Media)
  • Hallelujah: It Goes Like This (Geller/Goldfine Productions)


  1. ^ Livingston, Barbara N. (9 Aug 2014). "It's Loverly -- 'My Fair Lady' Estate for Sale". The Journal News, White Plains NY.
  2. ^ Hertweck, Nate. "Nina Simone, Tom Petty Recordings Among 2019 GRAMMY Hall Of Fame Inductions". Retrieved 24 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Peter Calo And Anne Carpenter Perform The Sounds Of Joni Mitchell & Paul Simon At WCT". 20 Sep 2019. Retrieved 2019-10-09.
  4. ^ Yarnell, Laurie. "This Local Musician Has Worked With Leonard Cohen, Whitney Houston, and Bette Midler". Westchester Magazine. Retrieved 2019-10-09.

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