Eligible since: 1994
Argument for induction: In the Seventies, Warren Zevon depicted L.A.'s rose-colored lifestyle for the transparent comedy it was. At the peak of his prowess, Zevon wrote songs possessing the wit of Randy Newman and melodic nuance of Harry Nilsson. And on 1976's eponymous debut and 1978's Excitable Boy, he penned and performed rousing and rueful songs like "Hasten Down the Wind," "Lawyers, Guns and Money" and, yes, "Werewolves of London," that could rival anything from peers Fleetwood Mac and Jackson Browne for sheer hummability. Linda Ronstadt was a devoted admirer of his work (as was David Letterman) and even infamous punk provocateur GG Allin covered "Carmelita." To anyone who loves or loathes Los Angeles, Zevon, who passed away in 2003, is one of the city's key musical mirrors.