Warren Zevon

Warren Zevon


1/24/1947, Chicago, Illinois



Birth Name

Warren William Zevon


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Warren Zevon, a story-telling, dry-witted yet humorous, genius musician was born in 1947. His early years were filled with mentors such as Robert Craft and Igor Stravinsky. It is reported that he scored the highest IQ ever recorded in the city of Fresno,CA. In the 1960's he toured…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Warren's first wife and mother of his son, Jordan, ironically was diagnosed with terminal breast cancer shortly after his death. Marilyn Tule Livingston died on March 3, 2004.

    • In February 2006 VH1 classics ran a video from a compilation of warren's work on Reconsider Me: The Love Songs of Warren Zevon called She's Too Good For Me which ran every hour on the hour that whole day in tribute to Warren.

    • When Warren was diagnosed with terminal cancer he remarked that he just wanted to live long enough to see the next James Bond movie. Which ironically turned out to be Die Another Day, Warren saw the movie.

    • Warren's songs Things to do in Denver When You're Dead was used in the Andy Garcia movie Things to do in Denver When You're Dead as the title track and the song Lawyers, Guns and Money is used as the theme song for Fox's Justice starring Victor Garber. Warren's songs have been in several movie soundtracks, for instance, a version of Jesus Was A Cross Maker was used in Cameron Crowe's Elizabethtown starring Orlando Bloom and Kirsten Dunst.

    • Warren's song "Werewolves of London" was voted number one on the Jeremy Vine Show (BBC2) as the greatest opening line song poll in 2004. A tongue-in-cheek song which the chorus resounds an a-hoooo that is known by fans all over the world. Raúl Ibáñez, a Seattle Mariner's left-fielder uses "Werewolves" as his song when it comes up as his time to bat.

    • Warren, a great storyteller and musician, won three Grammys posthumously in February 2004, one was for his folk album "The Wind".

  • Quotes

    • Warren Zevon: In '93 I was hired as musical director of the horribly short-lived — and, I thought, rather charming — NBC TV series Route 66. The producers found neither my score too weird nor the title song too ironic. Doomed.

    • Warren Zevon: You have to understand I have a very short attention span.

    • Warren Zevon: I know my image is supposed to be violent, and lots of cussing and everything, but there's a certain kind of inelegance that gives me the creeps.

    • Warren Zevon: You have to be awfully sure of yourself to say you'd never do a Gap ad.

    • Warren Zevon: If I had enemies I might want them to think I was heavily armed and fortified. As opposed to readily available and cheerfully, good naturedly available as we know that I am.

    • Warren Zevon: I've tried contacts, but I look so much like Nick Nolte without glasses that my songs lose their ironic texture.

    • Warren Zevon:(regarding his cult status) I think about it in shameful secrecy. The meanings of various celebrity-hood should be thought about as little as possible. That's another advantage of a secondary status in show business. You spend a great deal of time in the real world

    • Warren Zevon: (In reference to his song Carmelita) One of my earliest songs, a cheerful number about heroin — a substance with which, happily, I had only a brief flirtation and not a tragic love affair. People always told me the Pioneer Chicken stand wasn't on Alvarado Street. Really.

    • Warren Zevon: (Warren's insight into his mortality) Enjoy every sandwich.

    • Warren Zevon: I may have made a tactical error in not going to the doctor for 20 years.

    • Warren Zevon: (When asked about Hanks Williams Jr's cover of Lawyers,Guns and Money) I thought that was great. Now, mind you, I've never heard a cover version [of a Warren Zevon song] I didn't like. I don't understand them folks that object to, or resent, cover versions. By its very nature, somebody singing your song, I think, is delightful. And in some cases, is musically [revelatory]. Ronstadt's version of "Poor Poor Pitiful Me" is vastly better than mine. It's much more like the song. And Hank's version of that song was really great. It was hard for me not to imitate him for a couple of years after that.

    • Warren Zevon: I think about it in shameful secrecy. The meanings of various celebrity-hood should be thought about as little as possible. That's another advantage of a secondary status in show business. You spend a great deal of time in the real world.

    • Warren Zevon: It's hard to get too pompous when your trademark is a skull wearing your glasses!

    • Warren Zevon: (In reference to singing Werewolves of London in concert) I suppose on some deep and profound level, the evening would seem incomplete to me without three minutes of howling.

    • Warren Zevon: (Regarding the song Mutineer) I intended this song as a gesture of appreciation and affection to my fans, none of whom bought the record.

  • So much more than just "Werewolves of London"

    Warren was a modern-day poet. The way he took words and formed them into something that you had felt before but could never seem to say.

    His music still touches me and I'm still finding new things to love in his songs.

    Warren left behind a great legacy of music, which is being furthered in his son, Jordan. Still, I can't help feeling that he was taken too soon.

    I'm still enjoying every sandwich, Warren. I hope you're finding enough things to do in Denver.moreless