Warren Zevon

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Warren William Zevon (/ˈzvɒn/; January 24, 1947 – September 7, 2003) was an American rock singer-songwriter and musician.

Zevon's 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 (1978). Other 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 Allen Toussaint's "A Certain Girl", 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! (The Hockey Song)" with Paul Shaffer and members of the CBS Orchestra on Warren Zevon's My Ride's Here album.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1969 Wanted Dead or Alive 3 3
1976 Warren Zevon 3 6
1978 Excitable Boy 4 10
1980 Bad Luck Streak in Dancing School 3 5
1982 The Envoy 3 4
1987 Sentimental Hygiene 5
1989 Transverse City 3 3
1991 Mr. Bad Example 3 3
1995 Mutineer 3 2
2000 Life'll Kill Ya 3 2
2002 My Ride’s Here 3 1
2003 The Wind 3 2
2012 Mr. Bad Example/Mutineer 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1986 A Quiet Normal Life: The Best of Warren Zevon 5 6
1996 I'll Sleep When I'm Dead (An Anthology) 1
2002 Genius: The Best of Warren Zevon 1
2003 The First Sessions 1
2006 Reconsider Me: The Love Songs 1
2007 Preludes: Rare & Unreleased Recordings 2
2010 Original Album Series 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1981 Stand in the Fire - Recorded Live at the Roxy 2
1982 Headless in Boston 2
1993 Learning to Flinch 1
2007 Stand in the Fire 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1987 Bad Karma 1
Leave My Monkey Alone 1

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