Warren Zevon

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 1994 (The 1995 Induction Ceremony)

Previously Considered? No  what's this?

Inducted into Rock Hall Projected in 2019 (ranked #267) .

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Warren Zevon (1976)
Excitable Boy (1978)
The Wind (2003)

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Werewolves Of London (1978)
Lawyers, Guns and Money (1978)

Warren Zevon @ Wikipedia

Warren Zevon Videos

Will Warren Zevon be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
"Musical excellence is the essential qualification for induction."


43 comments so far (post your own)

Warren Zevon is constintly the most underrated rock artist of all time. Anyone who has even heard some of his lesser known music should know he deserves to be there.

Enjoy every Sandwich people.

Warren Zevon R.I.P.

Posted by Joey on Thursday, 01.4.07 @ 17:01pm

Here are some of the artists who have worked with or covered songs by Warren Zevon: Jackson Browne, The Eagles, Tom Waites, Linda Ronstadt, David Linley, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan come to mind, I know there are more. How many other potential inductees have that kind of track record?

BUT, if one goes by hits and album sales he might not qualify, but this isn't the Grammy's (where it's all about money) but about recognition.

Be a damn shame to induct hacks like Joan Jett, but deny Zevon.

Posted by Gerrit on Friday, 01.5.07 @ 15:15pm

While I was at Camp Anaconda - Balad Iraq - in Sept '93, I saw a dust covered American p/u truck driving around the base (being used to haul supplies, etc).

On the rear dirt covered window, some G.I. had written with his finger - "Send Lawyers, Guns, and Money"

To me, that says it all. Sums up our great nation to a "T"

WZ needs to be in the R&R hall of fame...

Enjoy every sandwich,

Posted by Fast Dave on Monday, 01.8.07 @ 13:11pm

Induct Warren Zevon or the werewolves'll rip your lungs out Jim!

Posted by Pedro Kesvez Rodriguez on Sunday, 03.18.07 @ 14:11pm

He has everything: The fluke Top 40 hit, the cult following, the influence of numerous bands (My Morning Jacket, They Might Be Giants and Neutral Milk Hotel, to name a few), the sad death, the resurgance. Yeah, he'll be in in 2008 with Metallica, Madonna, The Cure, Rush and Yes. Just watch.

Posted by Ryan Gibbs on Saturday, 05.19.07 @ 14:35pm

Well he went down to dinner in his Sunday best?
Pity his life was cut short before this person could 'fully' demonstrate his talent,"induction"?, "yes"!

Posted by Anthony Armstrong on Wednesday, 05.23.07 @ 22:29pm

Kudos to an extraordinarily underrated songwriter and composer, a talent on par with the greats of his generation. "Desperadoes Under The Eaves" has to be one of the saddest and most beautiful songs ever recorded...IMHO.

He's gotta be in there, someday.

Posted by D on Wednesday, 01.9.08 @ 05:10am

Warren Zevon is the most talented person of our time, i have been a customer of his since i could play a record, i have spent alot of time introducing people to his god given talent, and incourage folks to pick up a copy of i'll sleep when im dead. I hope a movie on his life comes out soon, this will show and inform all people who have a good ear for great music and talent, how badly the folks at the R.R.H.O.F. is treating this great mans legacy. Thank you Crystal Zevon for granting the last wish of a dying man.

Posted by Gary A. Cotugno on Monday, 01.14.08 @ 13:03pm

I suspect that Warren's exclusion to date has much to do with the literate nature of his lyrics. Most of rock'n'roll is concerned with image, not substance. Warren had little of the former, but plenty of the latter. I suspect, too, the reason bozos like Jann Wenner don't like Warren all that much is because he wrote way better than they ever did. He was the Truman Capote and Hunter S Thompson of rock and roll. I suspect the hacks at Rolling Stone, on the other hand, wouldn't even know who Rimbaud or Beaudelaire were, and their exposure to Capote would be through having seen the movie starring the esteemed Philip Seymoure Hoffman.........

Posted by David Burne on Saturday, 02.2.08 @ 15:53pm

What can I say? Put him in

Posted by Chalkie on Monday, 02.25.08 @ 10:54am

Warren Zevon should be in the Rock hall of fame.He meets all the criteria needed,his developement in his style of writing and telling stories without mincing words and the influence his music has had on other artists.How many people that are in the Hall of Fame played with Warren....Jackson Browne..the Eagles..R.E.M...to name just a few out of dozens I am sure...He even worked with the Everly Brothers...If Warren Zevon is not in the Hall this year then I will say the Hall has no credibility and it is merely a popularity contest.Elect Warren Zevon into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame now!..Please..for all his millions of fans.

Posted by Ed Bachman on Sunday, 06.8.08 @ 05:43am

There are many in the hall who don't have an ounce of his talent. This is long overdue...I mean, Madonna?

Posted by Jack on Wednesday, 07.2.08 @ 13:28pm

Watch "Keep me in your Heart" the Warren Zevon DVD that chronicles his last days when he wrote the Grammy winning CD "The Wind". Bruce Springsteen,
Tom Petty, Jackson Browne just to name a few, spoke of WZ as America's greatest song writer. If these great artist think Warren should be in the the HOF
don't you thimk he is overdue. Warren has been eligible since 1994. The voters of the HOF should be ashamed of themselves. Additionally, why is Stevie Ray Vaughn not in the Hall and Eric Clapton is. Granted ,Clapton deserves to be, but he has said the SRV was the greatest Blues guitarist he had ever heard. Wake up HOF voters!!

Posted by Phil Manfra on Monday, 09.22.08 @ 20:14pm

Listening to Warren's songs, with their geographical references - "fourteen hours later, I was down in Adelaide, sifting through the want ads sipping Foster's in the shade" - is like taking a world tour.

Posted by WBB on Sunday, 11.23.08 @ 07:55am

Warren Zevon is awesome. His sound is uniquely his - just like George Jones or Buck Owens is to country. His lyrics are from another planet, ie (I heard Woodrow Wilson's guns...)He is so talented and should be inducted without any doubt.

By the way, Rick Springfield is another artist who should be inducted into the Hall of Fame. I have seen him 3 times in concert - he rocks.

Posted by john whipple on Wednesday, 12.17.08 @ 16:13pm

Warren Zevon is a man who has create many amazing songs. I actually think the wind his newest album is one of his finer ones. "keep me in your heart for a while" is one of the best songs i have ever heard and while werewolfs is a good song it is not even in my top 10. Warren Zevon you are one of the best lyrises to ever live enjoy the sandwich dude where ever you are

Posted by booth on Saturday, 12.20.08 @ 15:53pm

How can the HOF not have Warren Zevon in it? Even though the main stream public probably only knows one, maybe two, of his songs doesn't take away from the fact that he is a top 5 American songwriter, and I might even put him behind only Dylan and Springsteen in terms of lyricists. I can't get over the fact that such crap artists are in the Hall while such great ones are ignored. Take out the Police, The Pretenders, and Blondie and put in Zevon and Tull.

Posted by alex on Monday, 01.26.09 @ 17:56pm

Quite honestly i am amazed that after almost 15 years of elligability he has yet to even be considered for entrance into the Hall of Fame.

Rest in Peace Warren...

...gotta go...

...my ride's hear...

Posted by Dan on Saturday, 02.28.09 @ 15:01pm

So another year passes and the greatest act of dissrespect continues from place that was once regaurded as the the house of Rock and Roll only to induct Rap Crap folks with not a slight fraction of talent As Warren Zevon, What happened to you people why dont you ask Bruce, Patti, Neil, Keith and so many other folks that have konwn all along that that this Genius talent is long over do to be nominated and where he should have been years ago. Politics due to a couple of talentless fools that think they know better than everyone else.

Posted by Gary Cotugno on Sunday, 04.5.09 @ 07:37am

It's hard to believe WZ was not previously even considered. disgrace.

Posted by Dave on Wednesday, 04.22.09 @ 10:02am

Linda Ronstadt was one of the women singing backing vocals on the title track to Warren's album "Excitable Boy" I believe the piano riff on that song reminded her of "Just One Look" which is how "Just One Look" ended up on her Living in the USA album. Ronstadt has recorded four Zevon songs, all originally on his self titled album of 1976. "Carmelita", "Hasten Down The Wind", "Mohammed's Radio" and "Poor Poor Pitiful Me"

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Saturday, 05.9.09 @ 15:23pm

Ok, lets do it---everyone, go to vistaprint.com and order 100 postcards for $6.00--address them to the rocknroll hall of fame, and mail away, every day, every week.......keep it going and it will finally work..........an investment of $12 with postage...yeah, he's worth it, as far as the book---not to impressive but the man and music makes up for it.................JUST DO IT! red

Posted by red on Monday, 05.25.09 @ 16:16pm

Warren Zevon, such an original artist. Nobody put a good sense of humor into rock n roll better than him. He has a great amount of influence seeing how many artists have covered songs of his. He deserves it and rest in peace Warren, you will be missed.

Posted by Dude Man on Sunday, 07.19.09 @ 16:42pm

Yup. He undoubtedly belongs in the Hall.

Posted by Chalkie on Sunday, 09.20.09 @ 14:28pm

I just got back from the hall of fame and can't believe that there is nothing of Tom Waites there he is a legend huge display of Bruce Springsteen,would we have The Boss without Waites I'm speechless

Posted by kris on Monday, 10.12.09 @ 00:55am

Wrong place to talk about Springsteeen and Waits, kris

Posted by Keebord on Monday, 10.12.09 @ 08:11am

Jan Wenner Is the big problem he would rather induct rappers and Madonna that induct Warren Zevon. Jan you are a person that has no concept of Rock and Roll.

Posted by Gary Cotugno on Tuesday, 08.10.10 @ 21:17pm

Jan Wenner Is the big problem he would rather induct rappers and Madonna that induct Warren Zevon. Jan you are a person that has no concept of Rock and Roll.

Posted by Gary Cotugno on Tuesday, 08.10.10 @ 21:18pm

Jan Wenner Is the big problem he would rather induct rappers and Madonna that induct Warren Zevon. Jan you are a person that has no concept of Rock and Roll.

Posted by Gary Cotugno on Tuesday, 08.10.10 @ 21:19pm

Jan Wenner Is the big problem he would rather induct rappers and Madonna than induct Warren Zevon. Jan you are a person that has no concept of Rock and Roll.

Posted by Gary Cotugno on Tuesday, 08.10.10 @ 21:19pm

For god sake ABBA was inducted, and if Warren Zevon (who is the greatest lyricist and songwriter ever) doesn't get inducted then it just shows us all that the voters on the hall of fame are on crack.

Posted by Brian Gasser on Thursday, 10.14.10 @ 13:42pm

This is the single greatest injustice in the RRHOF. I am shocked and saddened. I am of the belief that Warren Zevon was the best american songwriter, surely to be mentioned equally with Springsteen, Dylan, Earle, and Townes Van Zandt as legendary lyricists, unafraid to step out and take chances, to paint the pictures without filtering them for political correctness, while giving us something to think about. I guess that thoughtfulness and literacy are out of style.

Posted by Steven Shores on Tuesday, 12.14.10 @ 20:01pm

Hey Gary Cotugno.. you can say that again! And again, and again..

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Wednesday, 04.20.11 @ 15:33pm

Another year goes by and still Warren is not inducted. Jan Wenner what did Warren do to you that was so bad ? you inducted Madonna and Rap Crap ? What is your Problem Man ? Why are you being such a Scumbag ?

Posted by Gary Cotugno on Tuesday, 07.26.11 @ 23:45pm

Induct Warren Zevon!

Come on, he deserves it!

Posted by Maureen on Sunday, 09.18.11 @ 10:33am

Warren Zevon Still not in the Rock and Roll hall of Fame ? how can this be ? How can Jan Wenner have so much say over a man who has clearly shown his Genius and talent and has worked with the very best and is Admired by the very best. I would like Jan Wenner to tell everyone why he is doing this or the person that continues to do this to step forward and tell the so many people that want this to happen. We will never hear a talen like Warren Zevon again. A place that i once thought of to be the house of Rock and Roll would rather induct rappers and Madonna and acts that have nothing to do with Rock and Roll its become the house of sell out and shame where politics rule rather than the persons Rock and Roll talent.

Posted by Gary A. Cotugno on Monday, 12.26.11 @ 10:36am

If musical excellence is the criteria, then Warren Zevon's work speaks for itself!Open your ears and your heart and get this man the respect he deserves and already has from his peers!! Come on! The breadth and depth of his songwriting, his contribution to rock music history, his unique style, viewpoint and influence are all there for anyone to see. If the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has any credibility , you will include Warren Zevon soon.Who can make you laugh, cry, smirk, fire you up, and stop you in your tracks by just the influence of his talented songwriting and performance?? Many don't measure up, but Warren does. The time is here, let's do it, already!!

Posted by Jen on Wednesday, 01.25.12 @ 14:00pm

The years go by and Warren Zevon is still ignored by a Scumbag named Jan Wenner.

Posted by Gary A. Cotugno on Monday, 07.2.12 @ 22:27pm

Another year goes by and Warren is ignored. So many non Rock and Roll acts inducted. All because of a Scumbag named Jan Wenner. I would love to know what Warren did to Jan to get this kind of Aweful treatment. Warren has so much talent. Maybe some day.

Posted by Gary Cotugno on Monday, 10.15.12 @ 06:30am


Check out the book excerpt above from Zevon's ex-wife. Warren Zevon was seated next to Jann Wenner at a Springsteen show was supposedly very drunk and said a bunch of obnoxious stuff to him.

Posted by Future Rock Legends on Monday, 10.15.12 @ 09:01am

Warren Zevon died on September 7, Buddy Holly's birthday. Two consecutive studio albums by Linda Ronstadt, "Hasten Down the Wind" (1976) and "Simple Dreams" (1977) included both Holly and Zevon compositions. "Hasten Down The Wind" included the Zevon-penned title track and Holly's "That'll Be The Day" while "Simple Dreams" included Holly's "It's So Easy" and Zevon's "Carmelita" and "Poor Poor Pitiful Me" I wonder if this was an omen for Zevon.

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Tuesday, 10.16.12 @ 23:38pm

The Sex Pistols had it right, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a shitstain.

Posted by D. Stroy on Friday, 06.21.13 @ 15:53pm

I think there are more incredible snubs than Warren Zevon. Judas Priest, Moody Blues, and Paul Rodgers come to mind. Zevon is a good bet for the Songwriters Hall Of Fame if he isn't there already. There is a backlog of deserving artists and curious what the Nom Com would do. For example, Gordon Lightfoot & Willie Nelson are in their late 70's and early 80's now. Maybe, they will go in that direction as they can show up for induction and play a few songs. I did like the Werewolves In London song. KING

Posted by KING on Tuesday, 08.29.17 @ 19:19pm

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