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Warren Zevon was an American musician and rock singer-songwriter

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BirthdayJanuary 24, 1947
Died onSeptember 7, 2003
NationalityAmerican
FamousRock Singer-songwriter, Guitarists, Pianists, Lyricists & Songwriters, Singers, Rock Singers, Hard Rock Singers
SpousesCrystal Ann Brelsford, Tule Livingston Dillow
Known asWarren William Zevon
Childrens Ariel, Jordan
Birth PlaceChicago
GenderMale
FatherWilliam Zevon
MotherBeverly Cope
Sun SignAquarius
Born inChicago
Famous asRock Singer-songwriter
Died at Age56

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Who is Warren Zevon?

Warren William Zevon was an American rock singer-songwriter and musician. His unstable childhood as the son of a gangster affected him a lot in his later life. He was known for the dark and somewhat bizarre sense of humor in his lyrics and added a mature but cynical edge to the era of New-Wave music. His bestselling album 'Excitable Boy' reached Billboard's Top Ten and produced the hit single 'Werewolves of London'. He was friends with many of California's milder rockers; among them Fleetwood Mac, Jackson Browne, and The Eagles. He spent a few years working as a pianist for the Everly Brothers. In his self-titled second album 'Warren Zevon', he penned singles such as 'Poor, Poor Pitiful Me' and, 'I'll Sleep When I'm Dead'. Two other superlative albums,'Bad Luck Streak In Dancing School' and 'The Envoy' were critically acclaimed, but had dismal sales. He relapsed into alcohol and it would be five years before he resolved his personal problems and put out another record. With the release of ‘Life'll Kill Ya’, he regained top form. He died of lung cancer just two weeks after the release of his final album 'The Wind'. Zevon's work has often been praised by well-known musicians, including Jackson Browne, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, and Neil Young.

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Childhood & Early Life

Zevon was born on January 24, 1947 in Chicago, Illinois, to Beverly Cope and William Zevon, a Jewish immigrant from Russia. William was a bookie who handled bets and dice games for notorious Los Angeles mobster Mickey Cohen.

By the age of 13, Zevon would occasionally visit Igor Stravinsky’ home and briefly studied modern classical music.

His 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.

Career

He joined with his high school friend Violet Santagelo to form the musical duo lyme & cybelle. The duo is best known for its moderate chart hit 'Follow Me', his first commercial recording.

He wrote several songs for ‘The Turtles’ such as, 'Like the Seasons' and 'Outside Chance', while another composition, 'She Quit Me', was included in the soundtrack for the film, 'Midnight Cowboy' in 1969.

His first attempt at a solo album, 'Wanted Dead or Alive' in 1969, was produced by the cult figure Kim Fowley, under the moniker 'Zevon'. The album was a commercial and critical failure.

During the early 1970s, he toured with the Everly Brothers as keyboard player and musical coordinator. Later, he toured and recorded with Don Everly and Phil Everly, as they tried to launch solo careers.

Dissatisfied with his career and lack of funds, he moved to Spain in 1975. He played in The Dubliner Bar, a small tavern in Sitges near Barcelona, which was owned by David Lindell. Together they composed 'Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner'.

’Bad Luck Streak in Dancing School’, his 1980 album was dedicated to detective novelist Ken Millar, who helped him temporarily curtail his addictions. Its modestly hit singles included 'A Certain Girl' and 'Empty-Handed Heart'.

Zevon's 1982 release 'The Envoy' was a revival of standards but was not a commercial success. The title track was inspired by American diplomat Philip Habib's shuttle diplomacy during Israel's Lebanon incursion.

In 1984, Hindu Love Gods, a rock band consisting of members of R.E.M. Zevon and Bryan Cook, was formed. The band debuted with three scattered gigs in Athens, Georgia and played mostly cover tunes.

In 1987, Virgin Records released his 'Sentimental Hygiene' with singles 'Reconsider Me', and, 'Leave My Monkey Alone'.

In 1991, he became solo artist and released 'Mr. Bad Example', which featured the modest pop hits, 'Searching for a Heart', and 'Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead'.

In 1995, his self-produced album 'Mutineer' covered cult artist Judee Sill's ‘Jesus Was a Crossmaker’, but the album, however, suffered the worst sales of his career.

In 2000, Artemis Records released the reasonably successful, morality themed album ‘Life'll Kill Ya’, containing the hymn-like, 'Don't Let Us Get Sick', and an austere version of 'Back in the High Life Again'.

His ‘My Ride's Here’ in 2002 included, 'Hit Somebody!' and the ballad 'Genius', a song whose string section illustrates the lasting influence of Stravinsky on his work.

In October 2002, he was featured on 'The Late Show with David Letterman' as the only guest for the entire hour. He performed several songs and spoke at length about his illness.

'The Wind', his last album was released in 2003. The album reached number 12 on the US charts. Certified gold by the RIAA, Zevon received five posthumous Grammy nominations for it.

Major Works

Zevon collaborated with Jackson Browne, who in 1976 produced and promoted Zevon's self-titled major-label debut. Termed a masterpiece by the Rolling Stone Record Guide, it had Contributions from many big names in the industry

'Excitable Boy', his third album in 1978 became the best-selling album of his career and had tracks such as, 'Excitable Boy and Werewolves of London', considered macabrely humorous by some critics.

Awards

His album ‘The Wind’ was awarded the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album. Disorder in the House, performed by Zevon and Bruce Springsteen, won the Best Rock Vocal Performance (Group or Duo).

Personal Life & Legacy

Zevon was in a long term relationship with Marilyn "Tule" Livingston, the mother of his son Jordan. He married and divorced Crystal Ann Brelsford and had a daughter Ariel with her.

Zevon was a chronic alcoholic and drugs abuser. He checked himself into an unnamed rehab clinic somewhere in Minnesota and retreated from the music business for several years and he finally overcame the problems.

He died on September 7, 2003 of an inoperable peritoneal mesothelioma (cancer of the abdominal lining that is associated with exposure to asbestos). He refused treatments for he believed that might incapacitate him.

A tribute album titled Enjoy Every Sandwich: The Songs of Warren Zevon was released in 2004 with Jordan Zevon, as executive producer and also performing "Studebaker", a previously unfinished Zevon composition

Trivia

One of this American rock musician’s bizarre and dark lyric songs, "Things To Do In Denver When You're Dead," was later used for the title of a film.

This rock musician suffered from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder like his friend Billy Bob Thornton and they jokingly called themselves, The OCD Brothers.

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Warren Zevon awards

YearNameAward

Grammy Awards

2004Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or GroupWinner

Warren Zevon biography timelines

  • // 24th Jan 1947
    Zevon was born on January 24, 1947 in Chicago, Illinois, to Beverly Cope and William Zevon, a Jewish immigrant from Russia. William was a bookie who handled bets and dice games for notorious Los Angeles mobster Mickey Cohen.
  • // 1969
    He wrote several songs for ‘The Turtles’ such as, 'Like the Seasons' and 'Outside Chance', while another composition, 'She Quit Me', was included in the soundtrack for the film, 'Midnight Cowboy' in 1969.
  • // 1969
    His first attempt at a solo album, 'Wanted Dead or Alive' in 1969, was produced by the cult figure Kim Fowley, under the moniker 'Zevon'. The album was a commercial and critical failure.
  • // 1975
    Dissatisfied with his career and lack of funds, he moved to Spain in 1975. He played in The Dubliner Bar, a small tavern in Sitges near Barcelona, which was owned by David Lindell. Together they composed 'Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner'.
  • // 1976
    Zevon collaborated with Jackson Browne, who in 1976 produced and promoted Zevon's self-titled major-label debut. Termed a masterpiece by the Rolling Stone Record Guide, it had Contributions from many big names in the industry
  • // 1978
    'Excitable Boy', his third album in 1978 became the best-selling album of his career and had tracks such as, 'Excitable Boy and Werewolves of London', considered macabrely humorous by some critics.
  • // 1980
    ’Bad Luck Streak in Dancing School’, his 1980 album was dedicated to detective novelist Ken Millar, who helped him temporarily curtail his addictions. Its modestly hit singles included 'A Certain Girl' and 'Empty-Handed Heart'.
  • // 1982
    Zevon's 1982 release 'The Envoy' was a revival of standards but was not a commercial success. The title track was inspired by American diplomat Philip Habib's shuttle diplomacy during Israel's Lebanon incursion.
  • // 1984
    In 1984, Hindu Love Gods, a rock band consisting of members of R.E.M. Zevon and Bryan Cook, was formed. The band debuted with three scattered gigs in Athens, Georgia and played mostly cover tunes.
  • // 1987
    In 1987, Virgin Records released his 'Sentimental Hygiene' with singles 'Reconsider Me', and, 'Leave My Monkey Alone'.
  • // 1991
    In 1991, he became solo artist and released 'Mr. Bad Example', which featured the modest pop hits, 'Searching for a Heart', and 'Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead'.
  • // 1995
    In 1995, his self-produced album 'Mutineer' covered cult artist Judee Sill's ‘Jesus Was a Crossmaker’, but the album, however, suffered the worst sales of his career.
  • // 2000
    In 2000, Artemis Records released the reasonably successful, morality themed album ‘Life'll Kill Ya’, containing the hymn-like, 'Don't Let Us Get Sick', and an austere version of 'Back in the High Life Again'.
  • // 2002
    His ‘My Ride's Here’ in 2002 included, 'Hit Somebody!' and the ballad 'Genius', a song whose string section illustrates the lasting influence of Stravinsky on his work.
  • // Oct 2002
    In October 2002, he was featured on 'The Late Show with David Letterman' as the only guest for the entire hour. He performed several songs and spoke at length about his illness.
  • // 2003
    'The Wind', his last album was released in 2003. The album reached number 12 on the US charts. Certified gold by the RIAA, Zevon received five posthumous Grammy nominations for it.
  • // 7th Sep 2003
    He died on September 7, 2003 of an inoperable peritoneal mesothelioma (cancer of the abdominal lining that is associated with exposure to asbestos). He refused treatments for he believed that might incapacitate him.
  • // 2004
    A tribute album titled Enjoy Every Sandwich: The Songs of Warren Zevon was released in 2004 with Jordan Zevon, as executive producer and also performing "Studebaker", a previously unfinished Zevon composition

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Warren Zevon's FAQ

  • What is Warren Zevon birthday?

    Warren Zevon was born at 1947-01-24

  • When was Warren Zevon died?

    Warren Zevon was died at 2003-09-07

  • Which age was Warren Zevon died?

    Warren Zevon was died at age 56

  • Where is Warren Zevon's birth place?

    Warren Zevon was born in Chicago

  • What is Warren Zevon nationalities?

    Warren Zevon's nationalities is American

  • Who is Warren Zevon spouses?

    Warren Zevon's spouses is Crystal Ann Brelsford, Tule Livingston Dillow

  • Who is Warren Zevon childrens?

    Warren Zevon's childrens is Ariel, Jordan

  • Who is Warren Zevon's father?

    Warren Zevon's father is William Zevon

  • Who is Warren Zevon's mother?

    Warren Zevon's mother is Beverly Cope

  • What is Warren Zevon's sun sign?

    Warren Zevon is Aquarius

  • How famous is Warren Zevon?

    Warren Zevon is famouse as Rock Singer-songwriter