Warren Zevon was born in Chicago on this day in 1947. He died of lung cancer on September 7, 2003, in Los Angeles. He released his first album, Wanted — Dead or Alive, to little notice in 1969, but gained attention in the ’70’s by writing a string of popular songs for Linda Ronstadt, including Poor, Poor Pitiful Me, Carmelita and Hasten Down the Wind. His next two albums, 1976’s Warren Zevon and 1978’s Excitable Boy, followed those songs with sardonic tales of prom-date rapists; headless, gun-toting soldiers of fortune; and vain werewolves who drank pina coladas at singles bars. He also composed the song “She Quit Me Man” for the movie Midnight Cowboy.
Fun fact: Every song title on the soundtrack to An American Werewolf in London has the word ‘moon.