About Warren Zevon
The late Warren Zevon was a singer-songwriter and musician known for his wry, cynical, and often self-deprecating lyrics.
∙ With his duo lyme & cybelle, Zevon had a minor Billboard Pop chart hit in 1966 with the song “Follow Me,” which was produced by sunshine-pop icon Bones Howe.
∙ In the early 1970s, he served as band leader and touring keyboardist for The Everly Brothers and also contributed songwriting and arrangements to several Phil Everly solo albums.
∙ His fame grew after Linda Ronstadt cut several of his songs, including “Hasten Down the Wind”—the title track of her Grammy-winning 1976 LP—and “Carmelita.”
∙ The Jackson Browne-produced 1978 LP Excitable Boy was his highest-charting album, reaching No. 8 on Billboard’s Pop chart and producing the hit “Werewolves of London.”
∙ Under the name Hindu Love Gods, Zevon and three members of R.E.M. released a 1990 album of covers, landing an Alternative radio hit with their take on Prince’s “Raspberry Beret.”
∙ He filled in as host or bandleader on David Letterman’s late-night TV show numerous times, and during a 2002 appearance he shared memorable life advice: “Enjoy every sandwich.”
∙ Zevon won two Grammys for 2003’s The Wind, including Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocal, for “Disorder in the House,” a duet with Bruce Springsteen.
BORNJanuary 24, 1947