Warren William Zevon (January 24, 1947 – September 7, 2003) was an American rock singer-songwriter and musician.
Zevon’s most famous 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), whose title track is also well-known. He also wrote major hits that were 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 work, he recorded or performed occasional covers, including Allen Toussaint’s “A Certain Girl”, Bob Dylan’s “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door”, Leonard Cohen’s “First We Take Manhattan” and Prince’s “Raspberry Beret”.
Initially successful as a band leader, Zevon struggled to have a solo career until his music was performed by Linda Rondstadt. This launched a cult following that lasted for 25 years with Zevon making occasional returns to album and single charts until his death from cancer in 2003. He briefly found a new audience in the 1980s by teaming up with members of R.E.M. in the blues rock outfit Hindu Love Gods.
Known for his dry wit and acerbic lyrics, he was a guest several times on Late Night with David Letterman and the Late Show with David Letterman.
Excitable Boy is the third studio album by American musician Warren Zevon. The album was released on January 18, 1978, by Asylum Records. It includes the single “Werewolves of London”, which reached No. 21 and remained in the American Top 40 for six weeks. The album brought Zevon to commercial attention and remains the best-selling album of his career. A remastered and expanded edition was released in 2007.
“Excitable Boy” and “Werewolves of London” were considered macabrely humorous by some critics. The historical “Veracruz” dramatizes the United States occupation of Veracruz; likewise, “Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner” is a fictionalized account of former mercenary David Lindell’s experiences in Africa. “Lawyers, Guns and Money” is a tongue-in-cheek tale of a young American man’s adventures in Cold War-era Latin America. In addition, there are two ballads about life and relationships (“Accidentally Like a Martyr” and “Tenderness on the Block”), as well as the funk/disco-inspired “Nighttime in the Switching Yard”. – Wikipedia
Join Ron Kovacs for another edition of Sunday. This week music from Fairport Convention, Jethro Tull, Steeleye Span, The Band, The Beach Boys, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Crosby, Stills & Nash, The Mamas & the Papas, Simon & Garfunkel, Ryan Adams, Joan Armatrading, Beck, Jackson Browne, Harry Chapin, Tracy Chapman, Jim Croce, Donovan, Bob Dylan, Dan Fogleberg, Steve Forbert, Ben Howard, Carole King, Mark Knopfler, Gordon Lightfoot, Van Morrison, Patrick Park, Ed Sheeran, Bruce Springsteen, Cat Stevens, Teddy Thompson, Eddie Vedder, Neil Young, Warren Zevon and more . .. . Live starting 8am on RadioMaxMusic.
Welcome to another Tuesday and this evening it’s “May Hits of the 70s” on Sounds of the 70s. We’ll have music from Foreigner, Allan Clarke, Roger Voudouris, Bob Seger, Elton John, Jimmy Buffet, Bread, Ray Parker Junior & Raydio, Leif Garrett, Electric Light Orchestra, Warren Zevon, Syl Johnson, Little River Band, Gallery, Jefferson Starship, Chicago, Nicollete Larson, 5th Dimension, Paul Simon, Grass Roots, Alice Cooper, Cheap Trick, and so much more. Dan Varroney get’s things going at 7:00 pm ET!
This evening in place of the artist countdown we’ll feature three hours of music starting at 7pm ET with an hour from:Warren Zevon – 7pm, Beth Hart – 8pm andJools Holland – 9pm all celebrating birthdays today.
The track “She Quit Me” was featured in the 1969 film Midnight Cowboy as “He Quit Me.” “Tule’s Blues” was written about his lover, Marilyn “Tule” Livingston, mother of his son Jordan.
Kim Fowley began the project as producer, but he left after disagreements with Zevon and did not take credit for production duties. Fowley later remembered: [Warren] wanted to play all the instruments himself. He wouldn’t listen to anybody. I wasn’t trying to produce him because you really couldn’t produce Warren, at least not in those days, but I was trying to help him make a record that might sell more than ten copies, all purchased by his friends. But, he didn’t listen to anyone about anything, and one day I just walked in thinking I’d had enough.
Zevon chalked up his disagreement with Fowley to a “sudden attack of taste.”
The album was released “to the sound of one hand clapping,” as Zevon later remarked. Sales were poor, and critics ignored the album. Jackson Browne later commented, “I don’t remember thinking [the album] was as good as he really was.” Attempts to record a follow-up album, called Leaf In The Wind, were abandoned, and Zevon found work as band leader and musical coordinator for the Everly Brothers. His next album, the critically acclaimed classic Warren Zevon, was not released until 1976. Once Zevon reached stardom, Wanted Dead or Alive ended up as an all-but-forgotten relic of his early career. Wanted Dead or Alive was initially released on the CD format by One Way Records in 1996. Following the announcement that Zevon had terminal lung cancer, Capitol Records put out a remastered version of the album in early 2003.
“Wanted Dead or Alive” (Kim Fowley, Martin Cerf) – 2:36
“Hitchhikin’ Woman” – 2:16
“She Quit Me” – 4:48
“Calcutta” – 2:19
“Iko-Iko” (Marilyn Jones, Sharon Jones, Joe Jones, M. Thomas) – 1:54
It’s four days until Halloween, so this evening on “Great Soul Performances” it’s our Halloween show. Vincent Price, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, Zacherle and a host of ghouls, goblins, spooks and monsters will be at the party.