Warren William Zevon was an American rock singer-songwriter and musician.
Zevon's most famous compositions include Werewolves of London, Lawyers, Guns and Money, and Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner, 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, Steve Winwood's Back in the High Life Again, and Prince's Raspberry Beret.
Zevon's early music industry successes were found as a session musician, jingle composer, songwriter, touring musician, musical coordinator & bandleader. Despite all this, Zevon struggled to break through in his solo career, until his music was performed by Linda Ronstadt, beginning in 1976 with her album Hasten Down the Wind. 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.