September 8, 2003 by

Warren Zevon


Categories: Musicians

wzevon.jpgWarren Zevon, a singer/songwriter and rock musician with a witty, politically incorrect style, died on Sept. 7 of lung cancer. He was 56.
A Chicago native, Zevon moved to Los Angeles in the 1960s to try his hand at writing commercial jingles. During this time period, he composed the song, ”She Quit Me Man,” for the movie, ”Midnight Cowboy,” and joined the Everly Brothers as a pianist.
His first album, ”Wanted – Dead or Alive,” received little notice in 1969, but Zevon gained attention in the 1970s as a songwriter for Linda Ronstadt and The Turtles. His next two albums, ”Warren Zevon” and ”Excitable Boy,” became cult classics. He released six albums in the ’80s, and four more in the ’90s, but was best known for the 1978 hit, “Werewolves of London.”
A lifelong smoker, Zevon was diagnosed with lung cancer in Sept. 2002. He spent the last year of his life finishing his final album, “The Wind,” which was released in August and features collaborations with Dwight Yoakam, Billy Bob Thorton, Bruce Springsteen, Don Henley, Tom Petty and Jackson Browne. A documentary of the album’s recording process will be aired in September on VH1.
Warren Zevon Discography

5 Responses to Warren Zevon

  1. Paul Whitehead

    The first time I heard the “Great One” was when I was completely spent on AmphSuph in ’76.
    All this time, marriage kids & all, he has been the voice to which I always turn.
    Thanks, Warren

  2. Paul Whitehead

    No matter how drunk I am, I can still sing the songs. Is this good or bad>
    Listening to your songs now. I miss you.
    The good times. The bad times. You made them better & you made them worse.
    Wait for me (lol) !

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