1978 press photo of Zevon
|Birth name||Warren William Zevon|
|Also known as||Sandy Zevon
|Born||(1947-01-24)January 24, 1947
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Died||September 7, 2003(2003-09-07) (aged 56)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Genres||Rock, country rock, folk rock, hard rock, blues rock|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, piano, harmonica|
|Labels||White Whale, Imperial, Asylum, Virgin, Giant/Reprise/Warner Bros., Artemis, Koch Entertainment|
|Associated acts||CBS Orchestra, Billy Bob Thornton, Jackson Browne, David Lindley, Waddy Wachtel, Bruce Springsteen, Dwight Yoakam, Hindu Love Gods, Linda Ronstadt, The Everly Brothers, Don Everly, Phil Everly, Richie Hayward, Jack Casady, Chick Corea, Jerry Garcia, David Gilmour, Neil Young, Don Henley, George Clinton, Timothy B. Schmit, Bob Dylan, Joe Walsh, Emmylou Harris, Tom Petty, The Eagles, R.E.M., The Turtles, lyme and cybelle, Jorge CalderÃ³n, Stevie Nicks, Rock Bottom Remainders, David Marks, Widespread Panic|
Well, I don’t think it ever did, but in the early ’60s I got interested in folk music.
And I think it’s safe to say that the single very impressive figure to me was Merle Haggard.
My memory is not even what most people’s is, much less what it oughta be for a discussion like this.
Duncan Aldrich has been my partner in most recording projects, and touring projects, for the past decade.
But I can’t say that I didn’t like John Hammond’s performances often better than the originals.
That’s my only active wish. I think if I sang like Don Henley, this would be a lot more agreeable business.
I mean, I haven’t been completely lacking in some enjoyment of Chuck Berry or Buddy Holly. But I just didn’t pay attention to that period of music, obviously.
I missed jazz, kind of. And by the time I came to it in life, it was too intimidating to enjoy thoroughly.
My father was a boxer, though. So, I have a particular interest in Ray Mancini, I think.
Recording at home enables one to eliminate the demo stage, and the presentation stage in the studio, too.
Yeah, I don’t like, um, I’m not interested in rock ‘n’ roll piano. I find it a little grating.
It took me 10 years to realize that I don’t know ’em, 10 years to realize that it’s possible to learn them, then another 10 years to learn how to do things.
The primary one being, like I said, I don’t like rock ‘n’ roll piano.
Well, first of all, let me say that I might have made a tactical error in not going to a physician for 20 years. It was one of those phobias that really didn’t pay off.
I loved Hendrix. I mean, really, really loved him. As if he were one of the great classical composers. And he was. That’s how I saw him.
Well, I was interested in playing the piano from as early as I can remember.
You had to go to a different part of town from where I was to get Muddy Waters singles. I had him on singles.
So I guess I had, I think they tell me I had, about three years total of piano lessons, off and on.