Warren Zevon

Warren Zevon
“Send lawyers guns and money, the shit has hit the fan”. Citing one of his most famous lyric Warren Zevon has come to join us. Warren was born in Chicago to Russian immigrant parents and moved to Los Angeles in the sixties. He began his music career by first writing commercials jingles. His first album “Wanted Dead or Alive” released in 1969 tanked. He wasn’t much of a vocalist but his cynical, satirical, funny and sometimes violent lyrics caught the eye of other artists. Linda Ronstadt covered three of his songs “Hasten Down The Wind”, “Carmelita” and “Poor Poor Pitiful Me”. Zevon’s breakthrough album came in 1978 with the release of “Excitable Boy”,a collection of bizarre tunes and ballads. Backed by Ronstadt’s band at the time it contained his signature tune. “Werewolves Of London”. A song about a werewolf who liked to drink pina colada’s and had perfect hair. There was also “Excitable Boy”, a song about a prom date rapist, “Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner” , a parody on terrorism. mercenaries and military takeovers”, “Laywers and,Guns and Money”, “Johnny Strikes Up the Band” and the lovely ballad “Veracruz”. Zevon then coasted on this success and released a couple of uneven albums featuring more of his odd-ball lyrics. He hit the sauce pretty hard and frequently showed-up barely able to perform at his shows. He bottomed out and cleaned up his act. A heavy smoker he announced to his fans in September of 2002 he had terminal lung cancer and had only months to live. The sucker hung on for another year to complete his final album “The Wind” with the single “I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead”. He lived just long enough to see his album debut at number 16 on the Billboard charts when the Grim Reaper came to call carrying a carton of Marlboro’s. Warren Zevon died in his home September 7th, 2003 at the age of 56 with a lit cigarette in his mouth.

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