Born this day in 1947 was gonzo singer-songwriter Warren Zevon. Zevon is best known for his timeless hit, “Werewolves of London,” in which he howls about the adventures of a Lon Cheney Jr.-like werewolf with perfect hair having a cocktail at trendy San Francisco chain restaurant. Zevon, though, is so much more than one song. His belted out gallows humor through the twisted lyrics of his songs, cheerfully describing a failed suicide, domestic abuse and sadomasochism in “Poor Poor Pitiful Me.” “Excitable Boy” is a terminally bent song with lyrics that will get you thrown out of all but the roughest karaoke bars in town. “Lawyers, Guns and Money” is the plea of a drunk rich kid who got involved with a Russian spy while drinking in Havana. He lionized ice hockey with his rollicking amusement tune co-written by sappy sports writer Mitch Albom, “Hit Somebody!,” which included backup vocals by David Letterman, on whose show Zevon regularly appeared throughout his career. Zevon could tug at the heartstrings, too. He remarks on the futility of life with the line “We contemplate eternity beneath the vast indifference of heaven,” from “Indifference of Heaven.” A lifetime of booze and drugs burned out Zevon’s body. He made a touching final appearance on “The Late Show with David Letterman” in October 2002. He finished his final album, “The Wind,” which carried the wrenching song, “Keep Me In Your Heart.” He lived to see one more James Bond movie, a Zevon favorite, and the birth of his twin grandsons. He died Sept. 7, 2003 at home in Los Angeles.