Warren Zevon

1978 press photo of Zevon

Background information
Birth name Warren William Zevon
Also known as Sandy Zevon

Stephen Lyme

Born (1947-01-24)January 24, 1947

Chicago, Illinois, United States

Died September 7, 2003(2003-09-07) (aged 56)

Los Angeles, California, United States

Genres Rock, country rock, folk rock, hard rock, blues rock
Occupation(s) Songwriter, musician
Instruments Vocals, guitar, piano, harmonica
Years active 1965–2003

White Whale, Imperial, Asylum, Virgin, Giant/Reprise/Warner Bros., Artemis, Koch Entertainment

Member of: Hindu Love Gods · Lyme & Cybelle

Associated acts CBS Orchestra, Billy Bob Thornton, Jackson Browne, David Lindley, Waddy Wachtel, Bruce Springsteen, Dwight Yoakam, Hindu Love Gods, Linda Ronstadt, The Everly Brothers, Don Everly, Phil Everly, Richie Hayward, Jack Casady, Chick Corea, Jerry Garcia, David Gilmour, Neil Young, Don Henley, Timothy B. Schmit, Bob Dylan, Joe Walsh, Emmylou Harris, Tom Petty, The Eagles, R.E.M., Manfred Mann, The Turtles, lyme and cybelle, Jorge Calderón, Stevie Nicks, Rock Bottom Remainders, David Marks

Warren William Zevon (/ˈzvɒn/; January 24, 1947 – September 7, 2003) was an American rock singer-songwriter and musician. He was known for the dark and somewhat outlandish sense of humor in his lyrics.

Zevon's work has often been praised by well-known musicians, including Jackson Browne, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, and Neil Young. His best-known compositions include "Werewolves of London", "Lawyers, Guns and Money", "Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner" and "Johnny Strikes Up the Band", all of which are featured on his third album, Excitable Boy (1978). Other well-known songs written by Zevon have been recorded by other artists, including "Poor Poor Pitiful Me" (a huge hit for Linda Ronstadt), "Accidentally Like a Martyr", "Mohammed's Radio", "Carmelita", and "Hasten Down the Wind".

Along with his own compositions, Zevon recorded or performed occasional covers, including Allen Toussaint's "A Certain Girl", Bob Dylan's "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" and Leonard Cohen's "First We Take Manhattan". He was a frequent guest on Late Night with David Letterman and the Late Show with David Letterman. Letterman later performed guest vocals on "Hit Somebody! (The Hockey Song)" with Paul Shaffer and members of the CBS Orchestra on Warren Zevon's My Ride's Here album.

[2]Zevon touring solo in Heidelberg as the opener for Jackson Browne in 1976==Selected Discography==

Year Name Peak chart positions Album
US US Main US Dance
1976 "Hasten Down the Wind" Warren Zevon
"I'll Sleep When I'm Dead"
1978 "Johnny Strikes Up the Band" Excitable Boy
"Excitable Boy"
"Werewolves of London" 21
"Nighttime in the Switching Yard"
"Lawyers, Guns and Money"
1980 "A Certain Girl" 57 Bad Luck Streak in Dancing School
"Jeannie Needs a Shooter"
"Gorilla, You're a Desperado"
1982 "Let Nothing Come Between You" 24 The Envoy
1987 "Sentimental Hygiene" 9 Sentimental Hygiene
"Boom Boom Mancini"
"Reconsider Me"
"Detox Mansion" 44
"Bad Karma"
"Leave My Monkey Alone" 18
1989 "Run Straight Down" 30 Transverse City
"Splendid Isolation"
1991 "Finishing Touches" Mr. Bad Example
"Searching for a Heart"
1995 "Rottweiler Blues" Mutineer
"Poisonous Lookalike"
2000 "I Was in the House When the House Burned Down" Life'll Kill Ya
"Porcelain Monkey"
"Back in the High Life Again"
2002 "Basket Case" My Ride's Here
"Hit Somebody! (The Hockey Song)"
2003 "Disorder in the House" The Wind
"Knockin' on Heaven's Door"
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

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