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I was in college when Letterman started. He was funny. He wasn't a big part of my life at the time, but he was funny.

But stupid pet tricks and the like aren't what I remember most about Letterman. What I remember most is how he embraced amazing people and gave them a chance to strut their stuff.

Letterman recognized the dying talent of Warren Zevon, and he gave Warren the chance to end his talented life in the spotlight. To me this is one of the most amazing things David Letterman did...he gave Warren Zevon his chance to shine, even as he was dying.

And when Zevon did die, it was Letterman who announced his death and did fair tribute.

Warren Zevon Rocking on Letterman:

My absolute favorite Zevon song (has nothing to do with Letterman):

Warren Zevon's last interview on Letterman...

Letterman announces Warren Zevon's Death:

Letterman was a funny man from the beginning. But he also knew how to bring brilliant artists to the attention of us peons.

Originally posted to mole333 on Thu Apr 10, 2014 at 08:54 PM PDT.

Also republished by Protest Music and An Ear for Music.

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