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Overview (5)

Born in Chicago, Illinois, USA
Died in Los Angeles, California, USA  (lung cancer)
Birth NameWarren William Zevon
Nickname Sandy
Height 5' 7" (1.7 m)

Mini Bio (1)

The son of a gangster who was a Russian Jewish immigrant, and a Mormon Midwestern mother of English descent, Warren Zevon overcame a difficult childhood and an ill-fated start as a folk-rock-singer in the 1960s to establish himself as one of the most offbeat and intelligent singer-songwriters in the mid-1970s. A trained classical pianist, he often combined darkly humorous and cynical observations with heartfelt romantic sentiments and biting social satire. He is considered one of the best lyricists in songwriting and his interest in the literary world has led to friendships with many writers, including Hunter S. Thompson, Carl Hiaasen, Stephen King, Thomas McGuane and Dave Barry. His breakthrough as a recording artist came in 1978 when his song "Werewolves of London" became a surprise hit, pushing the accompanying album "Excitable Boy" into the Top 30 as well. This album, like the preceding and critically praised eponymous album, were produced by Jackson Browne, who helped Warren get a recording contract and stayed a lifelong supporter and friend. Though considered by the general public as a one-hit wonder - an impression not helped by "Werewolves of London" becoming a hit once more in 1986 following its use by Martin Scorsese in a key scene of The Color of Money - he had a highly praised recording career, a devoted fan-base and a lot of peer respect during the course of the publication of 15 solo albums from 1969 to 2002. He was considered part of the L.A. "Mellow Mafia" (including, among others, The Eagles, Linda Ronstadt and JD Souther), but set himself apart by his adventurous lyrical and musical choices. He was, however, engaged in the Hollywood lifestyle favored by some of his more high-profile colleagues and was battling with alcoholism for the better part of his life. In the 1990s Warren also branched out into acting, playing himself in episodes of "The Larry Sanders Show" and "Suddenly Susan" or acting alongside one-time neighbour and friend Billy Bob Thornton. In 2001 Zevon was diagnosed as terminally ill with mesothelioma, a rare form of lung cancer. He used his last months to record a last album, "The Wind". This process was the subject of a VH1 documentary, published posthumously on DVD.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Simonsayz

Spouse (1)

Crystal Ann Brelsford (23 May 1974 - 26 February 1981) ( divorced) ( 1 child)

Trade Mark (1)

Witty, articulate, and darkly humorous lyrics.

Trivia (17)

One of his songs, "Things To Do In Denver When You're Dead," was later used for the title of a 1995 film.
Recorded hit single in early 2001, "Hit Somebody (The Hockey Song)", co-written with sportswriter (and "Tuesdays With Morrie" author) Mitch Albom. David Letterman provided backup vocals.
The London (Ontario) club in baseball's Frontier League, an independent minor league, is named the Werewolves after Zevon's song "Werewolves of London." The Werewolves' mascot is named Warren Z. Von.
In September 2002, announcing to the press that he had terminal cancer, Zevon stated with his traditional wry humor: "It would be a shame if I didn't make it to see the next James Bond movie."
He was the first musical guest on 'Late Night' and the only guest who had the whole show to himself as a guest where he spoke of his terminal cancer.
The song Werewolves of London's title was an idea of Phil Everly! He asked Warren and Waddy Wachtel to write a dance song and call it Werewolf of London. Warren had worked for Phil on his TV show as music director much as he did when he filled in for Paul Shaffer on Late Night with David Letterman. He played in an Irish pub in Spain before Werewolves made him famous.
One daughter, Ariel Zevon; one son, Jordan Zevon.
In later years dressed almost exclusively in his favorite color, gray, and amassed a large collection of gray Calvin Klein t-shirts.
As a result of his suffering from OCD he had several quirks about items that he deemed unlucky, regularly throwing food or clothing items he just bought because they meant "bad luck".
Was friends with Billy Bob Thornton, striking up a friendship when they realized they were neighbours and both suffered from OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder). Jokingly, Warren referred to him and Billy Bob as "The OCD Brothers".
Occasionally filled in for Paul Shaffer as the band leader of Late Night with David Letterman (1982).
In 2002 he came to Cherokee Recording Studios to record what would be his final album, "The Wind". Nick Read filmed his final recordings at Cherokee for the documentary, "Warren Zevon: Keep Me In Your Heart." Bruce Springsteen joined Zevon at Cherokee for the single "Disorder in the House," Cherokee owner Bruce Robb provided lead guitar on the first track of "The Wind" and support vocals on two other tracks.
His Top 40 hit "Werewolves of London" featured Mick Fleetwood and John McVie from Fleetwood Mac on drums and bass guitar, respectively.
He was friends with the director Tom Holland.
His song "Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner" inspired the names of Pete Postlethwaite and Vince Vaughn's characters in The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997).
He was of English descent on his mother's side and Russian-Jewish descent on his father's side.
He was cremated and his ashes are scattered into the pacific ocean.

Personal Quotes (7)

[commenting on his terminal illness] You've gotta remember, it's not morbid to me. I know the hearse is parked at the curb and the motor is running. The thing is, I'm still trying to be cheery about it.
I guess I made sort of a tactical error by not going to the doctor's in 20 years . . . just one of those phobias that didn't pay off.
Enjoy Every Sandwich
I think I look like a baboon from Newcastle trying to get a job in a toothpaste commercial. [upon seeing the cover shots for his last album, "The Wind"]
I got to be Jim Morrison a lot longer than he did.
Going to a 7-Eleven in the middle of the night and hearing the clerk whistling one of my songs - that's my idea of a great cover version.
I'm insane. I'm fucked up. I have problems. But I don't get depressed and I don't get bored.

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