Warren Zevon

Folk rock, Musical Artist

1947 – 2003

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Who was Warren Zevon?

Warren William Zevon was an American rock singer-songwriter and musician. He was known for the dark and somewhat bizarre 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. Other well-known songs written by Zevon have been recorded by other artists, including "Poor Poor Pitiful Me", "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!" with Paul Shaffer and members of the CBS Orchestra on Warren Zevon's My Ride's Here album.

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Born
Jan 24, 1947
Chicago
Also known as
  • The Motorcycle Abeline
  • Warren William Zevon
  • Sandy
  • Stephen Lyme
  • Sandy Zevon
Parents
Spouses
Children
Ethnicity
  • Jewish people
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Lived in
  • Fresno
  • Chicago
  • Los Angeles
  • New York
Died
Sep 7, 2003
Los Angeles

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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