One of David Letterman‘s favorite musician guests on The Late Show with David Letterman was the late Warren Zevon. Zevon was known for his eccentric hits including “Werewolves Of London” and “Lawyers, Guns and Money.” When Zevon was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer in 2002, the singer/songwriter was booked on the Letterman show as the only guest. On the show Letterman asked Zevon what he’s learned about life and death after his prognosis. Zevon answered poignantly: “Enjoy every sandwich.” Zevon died less than a year later in 2003.
When Letterman was honored with The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize in October 2017, singer Eddie Vedder (another favorite performer on The Late Show) performed Zevon’s farewell song “Keep Me In Your Heart.” It is the final track on Zevon’s last album The Wind (2003). The televised 20th Annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. will air on Monday, November 20 at 8pm on PBS.