In 1977, when Linda Ronstadt was taking her last shot at being the queen of California, she covered "Poor, Poor Pitiful Me"—a song from Warren Zevon's self-titled, not-really-first album. Zevon had written for the Turtles, played piano for the Everly Brothers, and earned a rep as a songsmith. Ronstadt changed only the third verse: A guy in Yokohama picks her up and throws her down, pleading, "Please... More >>>