Halloween Music History #7 (2015)

HALLOWEEN SONG #7:
“WEREWOLVES OF LONDON”
WARREN ZEVON, 1978


As an 1980’s disc jockey, when yours truly was doing a show featuring Halloween music, this was the first record I always played…
 
 
Why? Because the #7 Halloween song of all time, “Werewolves Of London” by Warren Zevon, had a super-duper intro, or, otherwise stated, song ramp. With that driving bass guitar, it was the perfect way to get into the mood to play and talk about Halloween music. 
 
“Werewolves Of London” wasn’t popular in the fall, but rather the spring. It reached #15 on one chart and #21 on another in May of 1978. Zevon co-wrote the song along with LeRoy Marinell Waddy Wachtel. Plus, Zevon wrote another hit from earlier in 1978, “Poor Poor Pitiful Me” for Linda Ronstadt.
 
Warren Zevon was born January 24, 1947 in Chicago but he was raised in California and Arizona. He’d intended to be a serious songwriter for a long time, but instead he got into writing commercials for Ernest and Julio Gallo. One of his songs made it onto the soundtrack of “Midnight Cowboy” and he also toured with the Everly Brothers. 
 
By 1975, Zevon was living in Spain but was talked into returning to the United States by Jackson Browne. Once back in the USA, he released the album “Excitable Boy,” which included “Werewolves Of London.”
 
Zevon got only one single onto the chart with “A Certain Girl.” It peaked at #57 on two charts and Browne provided backing vocals.
 
Warren Zevon died of cancer on September 7, 2003. He was 56.
 
For more on Warren Zevon…
 
 
 

 NEXT TOMORROW AT #6:
AN ALL-COUSIN TRIO DANCES WITH MARTIANS

 

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