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  • Date of birth : 24/01/1947
  • Date of death : 07/09/2003

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  • Sandy Zevon
  • Stephen lyme
  • Zevon Warren

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Warren Zevon (1947)

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Warren William Zevon (January 24, 1947 – September 7, 2003) was an American rock singer-songwriter and musician noted for including his sometimes sardonic opinions of life in his musical lyrics, composing songs that were sometimes humorous and often had political or historical themes.

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 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.

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 early life
Zevon was born in Chicago, Illinois to William Zevon and Beverly Cope Simmons. They soon moved to Fresno, California. By the age of 13, Zevon was an occasional visitor to the home of Igor Stravinsky where he, alongside Robert Craft, briefly studied modern classical music. Zevon's parents divorced when he was 16 years old and he soon quit high school and moved from Los Angeles to New York to become a folk singer.

Zevon turned to a musical career early, including a stretch with high school friend Violet Santangelo as a musical duo called lyme & cybelle . He spent time as a session musician and jingle composer. He wrote several songs for his White Whale label-mates the Turtles ("Like the Seasons" and "Outside Chance"), though his participation in their recording is unknown. Another early composition ("She Quit Me") was included in the soundtrack for the film Midnight Cowboy . To suit its place in the film, the song was re-recorded as the female-centric "He Quit Me." Zevon's first attempt at a solo album, Wanted Dead or Alive , was produced by 1960s cult figure Kim Fowley but did not sell well. Flashes of Zevon's later writing preoccupations of romantic loss and noir-ish violence are present in songs like "Tule's Blues" and "A Bullet for Ramona". Zevon's second effort, Leaf in the Wind, was called by his son, Jordan, "A bullshit money grab by the label". During the early 1970s, Zevon toured regularly with the Everly Brothers as keyboard player and band leader/musical coordinator.

Later during the same decade he toured and recorded with Don Everly and Phil Everly, separately, as they tried to launch solo careers after their break-up. His dissatisfaction with his career led him to move to Spain in the summer of 1975, where he lived and played in a small tavern in Sitges near Barcelona owned by David Lindell, a former mercenary. Together they composed Zevon's classic "Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner".

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Name Duration Released
The Rosarita Beach Café 04:08 2007
Stop Rainin' Lord 02:11 2007
I Used To Ride So High 02:43 2007
Studebaker 02:34 2007
Going All The Way 02:15 2007
Steady Rain 04:18 2007
Empty Hearted Town 03:04 2007
Keep Me in Your Heart 03:27 2006
Don't Let Us Get Sick 03:12 2006
She's Too Good for Me 03:12 2003
Numb as a Statue 04:08 2003
Knockin' on Heaven's Door 04:05 2003
Disorder in the House 04:36 2003
Rub Me Raw 05:44 2003
Dirty Life and Times 03:15 2003
Please Stay 03:34 2003
The Rest of the Night 04:41 2003
El Amor de Mi Vida 03:34 2003
Prison Grove 04:51 2003
Mutineer 03:16 10/2002
Raspberry Beret 03:53 10/2002
A Certain Girl 03:06 10/2002
Interlude No.1/Play It All Night Long 03:17 10/2002
Hit Somebody! 05:26 2002
You're a Whole Different Person When You're Scared 05:14 2002
Macgillycuddy's Reeks 03:04 2002
Lord Byron's Luggage 04:35 2002
Basket Case 03:37 2002
Sacrificial Lambs 03:55 2002
I Have to Leave 03:05 2002
Laissez-Moi Tranquille 03:32 2002
Genius 05:01 2002
My Shit's Fucked Up 02:45 2000
I Was in the House When the House Burned Down 03:04 2000
Back in the High Life Again 03:13 2000
Dirty Little Religion 03:11 2000
Hostage-O 04:05 2000
I'll Slow You Down 03:13 2000
For My Next Trick I'll Need a Volunteer 03:13 2000
Ourselves to Know 03:18 2000
Porcelain Monkey 03:32 2000
Fistful of Rain 05:19 2000
Life'll Kill Ya 02:47 2000
Bad Luck Streak in Dancing School 03:22 1996
Frozen Notes 04:17 1996
Looking for the Next Best Thing 03:17 1996
Let Nothing Come Between You 03:55 1996
The Hula Hula Boys 03:11 1996
The Envoy 01:45 1996
Jeannie Needs a Shooter 03:42 1996
Play It All Night Long 04:21 1996
Gorilla, You're a Desperado 02:23 1996
Seminole Bingo 03:10 1995
Monkey Wash Donkey Rinse 03:52 1995
Rottweiler Blues 03:15 1995
Poisonous Lookalike 04:14 1995
Jesus Was a Cross Maker 01:55 1995
Similar to Rain 03:26 1995
Something Bad Happened to a Clown 04:25 1995
The Indifference of Heaven 04:12 1993
Piano Fighter 04:08 1993
Jungle Work 04:53 1993
Searching for a Heart 03:05 1993
Roland Chorale 01:30 1993
Worrier King 04:05 1993
Run Straight Down 04:05 10/1989
Nobody's in Love This Year 04:17 10/1989
Transverse City 04:19 10/1989
Down in the Mall 04:28 10/1989
Gridlock 04:34 10/1989
Networking 03:02 10/1989
Splendid Isolation 04:35 10/1989
They Moved the Moon 04:31 10/1989
Turbulence 04:08 10/1989
The Long Arm of the Law 03:47 10/1989
Trouble Waiting to Happen 03:32 1987
The Factory 02:45 1987
Boom Boom Mancini 04:54 1987
Leave My Monkey Alone 04:12 1987
Sentimental Hygiene 05:06 1987
The Heartache 03:19 1987
Even a Dog Can Shake Hands 03:26 1987
Bad Karma 03:15 1987
Detox Mansion 03:15 1987
Reconsider Me 03:09 1987
Never Too Late for Love 04:37 1982
Charlie's Medicine 04:48 1982
Jesus Mentioned 02:45 1982
The Overdraft 02:43 1982
Wild Thing 02:29 1982
The Risk 02:34 1982
Word of Mouth 04:01 1982
The Sin 03:06 1980
Stand In The Fire 03:26 1980
Bed of Coals 05:04 1980
Bill Lee 01:37 1980
Interlude No. 1 00:26 1980
Empty-Handed Heart 03:16 1980
Nighttime in the Switching Yard 04:15 1978
Accidentally Like a Martyr 03:37 1978
Werewolves of London 03:27 1978
Excitable Boy 02:40 1978
Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner 03:47 1978
I Need a Truck 00:50 1978
Johnny Strikes Up the Band 02:49 1978
Lawyers, Guns and Money 03:29 1978
Tenderness on the Block 03:55 1978
Veracruz 03:30 1978
Frank and Jesse James 04:33 1976
Carmelita 03:32 1976
I'll Sleep When I'm Dead 02:56 1976
Mohammed's Radio 03:40 1976
The French Inhaler 03:44 1976
Poor Poor Pitiful Me 03:04 1976
Hasten Down the Wind 02:58 1976
Backs Turned Looking Down the Path 02:27 1976
Desperados Under the Eaves 04:45 1976
Mama Couldn't Be Persuaded 02:53 1976
Join Me in L.A. 03:13 1976
Hitchhikin' Woman 02:16 1970
Wanted Dead or Alive 02:36 1970
Gorilla 03:23 1970
A Bullet for Ramona 03:50 1970
Tule's Blues 03:32 1970
Traveling in the Lightning 03:05 1970
Iko-Iko 01:54 1970
Calcutta 02:19 1970
She Quit Me 04:48 1970
Ain't That Pretty at All 03:34
Quite Ugly One Morning 03:53
Heartache Spoken Here 03:48
Renegade 04:51
Mr. Bad Example 03:22
Angel Dressed in Black 04:24
Model Citizen 04:39
Suzie Lightning 04:04
Finishing Touches 04:05
Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead 02:53

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