Warren Zevon


Warren William Zevon /ˈziːvɒn/ was an American rock singer-songwriter and musician noted for including his sometimes sardonic opinions of life in his musical lyrics, composing songs that were sometimes humorous and often had political or historical themes. Zevon's work has often been praised by well-known musicians, including Jackson Browne, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, and Neil Young.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Warren Zevon.


1947 Birth Born on January 24, 1947.


1975 28 Years Old 1 More Event
His dissatisfaction with his career (and a lack of funds) 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. … Read More
1976 29 Years Old There, he collaborated with Jackson Browne, who in 1976 produced and promoted Zevon's self-titled major-label debut. … Read More


1977 30 Years Old 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. … Read More
1978 31 Years Old In 1978, Zevon released Excitable Boy (produced by Jackson Browne and guitarist Waddy Wachtel) to critical acclaim and popular success. … Read More
On May 11, 1980 Zevon and Willie Nile appeared on the King Biscuit Flower Hour.
1982 35 Years Old Zevon's 1982 release The Envoy returned to the high standard of Excitable Boy but was not a commercial success. … Read More
1983 36 Years Old In 1983, the recently divorced Zevon became engaged to Philadelphia DJ Anita Gevinson and moved to the East Coast. … Read More
1984 37 Years Old The trauma allegedly caused him to relapse into serious alcoholism and drug abuse; in 1984, he voluntarily checked himself into an unnamed rehab clinic in Minnesota. … Read More


1987 - 1993 4 More Events
1994 47 Years Old His music was also featured in several of William Shatner's TekWar movies from 1994 to 1996. (Zevon is listed as "theme music composer" in the opening credits, and his song "Real or Not" was used as the show's theme song.) … Read More
1995 48 Years Old In 1995, Zevon released the self-produced Mutineer. … Read More
1996 49 Years Old Rhino Records released a Zevon "best-of" compilation in 1996, I'll Sleep When I'm Dead. … Read More


1999 52 Years Old Zevon also played himself on two episodes of Suddenly Susan in 1999, along with singer/actor Rick Springfield.
2000 53 Years Old 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". … Read More
He followed with 2002's My Ride's Here (with morbid prescience of things to come), which included "Hit Somebody! (The Hockey Song)" (which was co-written by Tuesdays with Morrie author Mitch Albom, and featured Paul Shaffer, the "Late Night" band and a spoken guest vocal from TV host David Letterman) and the ballad "Genius", later taken as the title for a 2002 Zevon anthology, and a song whose string section illustrates the lasting influence of Stravinsky on Zevon's work. … Read More
2003 56 Years Old 1 More Event
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". … Read More
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