In 1976 Warren Zevon got a record deal as a recording artist with Geffen Records. At the time he was working as the piano player and musical director for the Everly Brothers.
It was Phil Everly who, after watching the movie Werewolf of London (1935) on late-night television, suggested to Zevon that he adapt the title for a song and dance craze.
When Warren Zevon and his musical collaborators sat down to write some songs for Zevon’s debut album, he mentioned his former boss’s song suggestion. The room burst into laughter with one of the musicians playfully coming up with the “Aah-oooh” chorus. It was then a rapid and amusing trading off of hunmours lines began all with a noir take on London and werewolves.
Zevon played it for his pal Jackson Browne who almost immediately began covering the song in his live shows years before the actual release came out.
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