~ 2003 – Warren Zevon passes away after completing his final album, The Wind. The album was released on August 26, 2003, by Artemis Records. Zevon began recording the album shortly after he was diagnosed with inoperable pleural mesothelioma (a cancer of the lining of the lung). The album was awarded the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album. “Disorder in the House”, performed by Zevon and Bruce Springsteen, won Best Rock Vocal Performance (Group or Duo). Songs from the album were nominated for an additional three Grammys. Besides Springsteen, other guests on the album include Don Henley, Jackson Browne, Timothy B. Schmit, Joe Walsh, David Lindley, Billy Bob Thornton, Emmylou Harris, Tom Petty and Dwight Yoakam.
On October 30, 2002, Zevon was featured on the Late Show with David Letterman as the only guest for the entire hour. The band played “I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead” as his introduction. Zevon performed several songs and spoke at length about his illness. Zevon had been a frequent guest and occasional substitute bandleader on Letterman’s television shows since Late Night was first broadcast in 1982. He noted, “I might have made a tactical error in not going to a physician for 20 years.” It was during this broadcast that, when asked by Letterman if he knew something more about life and death now, he first offered his oft-quoted insight on dying: “Enjoy every sandwich.”
~ 1932 – Patsy Cline was born
~ 1975 – Michael Buble was born
~ 1969 – Jimi Hendrix mad his U.S. television debut on “The Dick Cavett Show.”
~ 1964 – Rod Stewart records his first release “Good Morning Little Schoolgirl” with John Paul Jones on bass
~ 1967 – Harry Connick Jr. is born
~ 1962 – George Martin had the Beatles return to EMI’s Abbey Road to re-record “Love Me Do.” They also recorded “P.S. I Love You” and an early version of “Please Please Me.
~ 1966 – The Monkees TV show debuted on NBC
~ 2003 – Johnny Cash passed away
~ 1979 – Abba began their first North American tour in Edmonton, Alberta.
~ 1982 – RCA Records announced that David Bowie had left for the South Seas where the filming of “Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence” was to begin.