Warren Zevon

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Warren Zevon

American rock singer-songwriter and musician add

Category: Music

Born in 1947.

Countries: United States (64%), Canada (9%), United Kingdom (6%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Jackson Browne, Stevie Nicks, Philip Habib

Linked to: R.E.M., VH1, Bad Luck Streak in Dancing School, HBO

 

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Warren Zevon was born in 1947 add something


1964

Allen Toussaint - In 1964, "A Certain Girl" was the B-side of the first single release by The Yardbirds; the song was released again in 1980 by Warren Zevon


1970

During the early 1970s, Zevon toured regularly with the Everly Brothers as keyboard player and band leader/musical coordinator add something

 

Though a much darker and more ironic songwriter than Browne and other leading figures of the era's L.A.-based singer-songwriter movement, Zevon shared with his 1970s L.A. peers a grounding in earlier folk and country influences and a commitment to a writerly style of songcraft with roots in the work of artists like Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell add something

 

"Rolling Stone" called the album one of the most significant releases of the 1970s and placed him alongside Neil Young, Jackson Browne, and Bruce Springsteen as one of the four most important new artists to emerge in the decade add something

 

Tony Levin - A prolific session musician since the 1970s, Levin has played on 500 albums, including those of Cher, Alice Cooper, John Lennon, Sarah McLachlan, Stevie Nicks, Pink Floyd, Dire Straits, Lou Reed, Tom Waits, Buddy Rich, The Roches, Todd Rundgren, Seal, Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe, Warren Zevon, Kevin_Parent, Laurie Anderson, Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Gibonni, and Jean-Pierre Ferland

 

Danny Kortchmar - Kortchmar worked on his own, reuniting with Larkey in the band Jo Mama in 1970 and 1971 and recording solo albums "Kootch" and "Innuendo" , but he experienced his greatest success backing other artists such as Linda Ronstadt, Warren Zevon, Harry_Nilsson and Jackson Browne

 

Steve Lukather - Lukather achieved notability in the 1970s and 1980s as one of the most sought-after session guitarists in Los Angeles , playing with a wide range of artists from Aretha Franklin to Warren Zevon


1972

Waddy Wachtel - In 1972, he was hired by Warren Zevon to play guitar on The Everly Brothers "Stories We Could Tell" album and join them in a subsequent tour


1975

His dissatisfaction with his career led him to move to Spain in the summer of 1975, where he lived and played in The Dubliner Bar, a small tavern in Sitges near Barcelona owned by David Lindell, a former mercenary add something

 

By September 1975, Zevon had returned to Los Angeles, where he roomed with then-unknown Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham add something

 

The Everly Brothers - Phil sang back-up vocals on one song for Roy Wood's 1975 album "Mustard" and two songs for Warren Zevon's 1976 album Warren Zevon


1976

There, he collaborated with Jackson Browne, who in 1976 produced and promoted Zevon's self-titled major-label debut add something

 

Bonnie Raitt - In 1976, Raitt made an appearance on Warren Zevon's eponymous album with his friend Jackson Browne and Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks


1977

Zevon's first tour in 1977 included guest appearances in the middle of Jackson Browne concerts, one of which is documented on a widely circulated bootleg recording of a Dutch radio program under the title "The Offender meets the Pretender" add something


1978

George Gruel, a photographer who worked as Zevon's "aide-de-camp" from 1978 to 1983, published a book of photos of Zevon in 2012, titled "Lawyers, Guns and Photos" add something

 

In 1978, Zevon released "Excitable Boy" to critical acclaim and popular success add something


1980

Later during 1980, he released the live album "Stand in the Fire" , recorded over five nights at The Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles add something

 

The title track was dedicated to Philip Habib, U.S. special envoy to the Middle East during the early 1980s add something

 

Zevon followed "Excitable Boy" with 1980's "Bad Luck Streak in Dancing School" add something


1982

Occasionally, between 1982 and 2001, Zevon filled in for Paul Shaffer as bandleader on "Late Night with David Letterman" and later "Late Show with David Letterman" add something

 

Zevon had been a frequent guest and occasional substitute bandleader on Letterman's television shows since "Late Night" was first broadcast in 1982 add something

 

Zevon's 1982 release "The Envoy" returned to the high standard of "Excitable Boy" but was not a commercial success add something

 

Philip Habib - Warren Zevon wrote the song "The Envoy", from his 1982 album of the same name, in honor of Habib


1983

In 1983, the recently divorced Zevon became engaged to Philadelphia DJ Anita Gevinson and moved to the East Coast add something

 

The lyrics from another track, "The Hula Hula Boys", were excerpted in Hunter S. Thompson's 1983 book, "The Curse of Lono add something


1984

The group released the non-charting single "Narrator" on the IRS label in 1984, went into abeyance for several years add something

 

The trauma allegedly caused him to relapse into serious alcoholism and he voluntarily checked himself into an unnamed rehab clinic somewhere in Minnesota in 1984 add something

 

Bill Berry - During 1984 Berry was drummer for the impromptu Hindu Love Gods, which featured his R.E.M. bandmates Mike Mills and Peter Buck and rocker Warren Zevon


1985

Ross Stevenson (radio) - At that time, Stevenson began his radio career in 1985 on community station 3RRR where he partnered with fellow lawyer Denis Connell on a show called Lawyers, Guns and Money, a reference from a Warren Zevon song


1987

Berry, Buck and Mills served as the core of Zevon's next studio band when he re-emerged in 1987 by signing with Virgin Records and recording the album "Sentimental Hygiene add something

 

Peter Buck - Peter, Mike Mills, Bill Berry and Warren Zevon recorded an album under the band name Hindu Love Gods, while the R.E.M. bandmates and Zevon were recording tracks for Zevon's 1987 album "Sentimental Hygiene"


1989

The immediate follow-up to "Sentimental Hygiene" was 1989's "Transverse City", a futuristic concept album inspired by Zevon's interest in the work of cyberpunk science fiction author William Gibson add something


1990

Gurf Morlix - In 1990 he accompanied Warren Zevon on tour


1993

Owing to his reduced circumstances, his performances were often true solo efforts ; 1993's live "Learning to Flinch" documents such a tour add something

 

Zevon appeared on the "Larry Sanders Show" on HBO, in 1993, playing himself as a guest on the show, promoting "Learning to Flinch" add something


1995

In 1995, Zevon released the self-produced "Mutineer" add something

 

Judee Sill - American singer-songwriter Warren Zevon recorded "Jesus was a Cross Maker" for his 1995 album, "Mutineer"


1996

In the liner notes for the 1996 "I'll Sleep When I'm Dead" anthology, Zevon stated that after the song came out, Habib sent him "a very nice letter of appreciation on State Department stationery" add something

 

Rhino Records released a Zevon "best-of" compilation in 1996, "I'll Sleep When I'm Dead " add something

 

Terri Clark - In 1996, Clark's second studio album, "Just the Same," was issued following the album's first single, "Poor Poor Pitiful Me," a cover of the 1976 Warren Zevon song


1998

An affiliated project for which Zevon both played and wrote liner notes is the offbeat 1998 album "Stranger Than Fiction", a two CD set attributed to the Wrockers containing rock covers and originals by many of the Remainders authors plus such notables as Norman Mailer and Maya Angelou add something

 

One example was in 1998 when Shaffer traveled to Canada to film his cameo in "Blues Brothers 2000" add something


2000

After another five-year layoff, Zevon signed with industry veteran Danny Goldberg's Artemis Records and again rebounded with the mortality-themed 2000 release "Life'll Kill Ya", containing the hymn-like "Don't Let Us Get Sick" and an austere version of Steve Winwood's 1980s hit "Back in the High Life Again" add something


2002

Shortly before playing at the Edmonton Folk Music Festival in 2002, he started feeling dizzy and developed a chronic cough add something

 

The title track was frequently covered by Bob Dylan on his U.S. Fall Tour in 2002 add something

 

Zevon stated previously that his illness was expected to be terminal within months after the diagnosis in the fall of 2002; however, he lived to see the birth of twin grandsons in June 2003 and the release of "The Wind" on August 26, 2003 add something

 

On October 30, 2002, Zevon was featured on the "Late Show with David Letterman" as the only guest for the entire hour add something


Warren Zevon died in 2003 add something

 

Warren Zevon died on September 7, 2003, aged 56, at his home in Los Angeles, California add something

 

"The Wind" was certified gold by the RIAA in December 2003 and Zevon received five posthumous Grammy nominations, including Song of the Year for the ballad "Keep Me In Your Heart" add something

 

Eagles (band) - Also in 2003, Warren Zevon, a longtime Eagles friend, began work on his final album, "The Wind", with the assistance of Henley, Walsh, and Schmit

 

Knockin' on Heaven's Door - In 2003, Warren Zevon released a version of the song on his album "The Wind" , shortly before his death from cancer in September 1973 of that year

 

Dwight Yoakam - In 2003, he provided background vocals on Warren Zevon's last album "The Wind"


2005

A second tribute album, titled "Hurry Home Early: the Songs of Warren Zevon" was released by Wampus Multimedia on July 8, 2005 add something


2007

First and last issues of the Zevon albums "Stand in the Fire" and "The Envoy" were released on March 27, 2007 by Rhino Records alongside a Rhino re-issue of "Excitable Boy", with the three CDs having four unreleased bonus tracks each add something

 

On May 1, 2007, Ammal Records, the new label started up as a partnership with New West Records by Zevon's former boss at Artemis Danny Goldberg, released "Preludes - Rare and Unreleased Recordings", a two-disc anthology of Zevon demos and alternate versions culled from 126 pre-1976 recordings that were kept in a suitcase add something


2012

Steve Cohen - On May 10, 2012, at a House subcommittee hearing on asbestos trust transparency legislation, Cohen described plaintiff's attorneys who contacted him about the illness of his friend, Warren Zevon as "parasites


2016

Gorge Plasketes, a professor at Auburn University,wrote a book of critical study of Zevon's music in 2016, Warren Zevon, Desperado of Los Angeles add something