Tom Waits

Tom Waits

 

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Thomas Alan Waits (born December 7, 1949) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, composer, and actor. Waits has a distinctive voice, described by critic Daniel Durchholz as sounding as though "it was soaked in a vat of bourbon, left hanging in the smokehouse for a few months, and then taken outside and run over with a car".[5] Waits has built up a distinctive musical persona with his trademark growl, his incorporation of pre-rock music styles such as blues, jazz, and vaudeville, and experimental tendencies verging on industrial music.[1]

Born to a middle-class Euro-American family, Waits was raised in Whittier, California and then San Diego. Inspired by Bob Dylan and the Beat Generation, as a teenager he began singing on the San Diego folk music scene. Relocating to Los Angeles, he secured work as a songwriter before gaining a recording contract with Asylum Records and producing his first album, Closing Time, in 1973. He has worked as a composer for movies and musicals and has acted in supporting roles in films, including Paradise Alley and Bram Stoker's Dracula.[6] He also starred in Jim Jarmusch's 1986 film Down by Law. He was nominated for an Academy Award for his soundtrack work on One from the Heart.

Waits' lyrics frequently present atmospheric portraits of grotesque, often seedy characters and places, although he has also shown a penchant for more conventional ballads. He has a cult following and has influenced subsequent songwriters despite having little radio or music video support. His songs are best-known through cover versions by more commercial artists: "Jersey Girl" performed by Bruce Springsteen, "Ol' '55" by the Eagles, "Downtown Train" by Rod Stewart, and "Come On Up To The House" by Sarah Jarosz. Waits' albums have met with mixed commercial success in his native United States, although they have occasionally achieved gold album sales status in other countries. He has been nominated for a number of major music awards and has won Grammy Awards for the albums Bone Machine and Mule Variations. In 2011, Waits was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.[7][8] He is also included among the 2010 list of Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Singers,[9] as well as the 2015 list of Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time.

Waits lives in Sonoma County, California with his wife and frequent collaborator Kathleen Brennan (married August 1980) and their three children.

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Closing Time
 
Closing Time is the debut studio album by the American singer-songwriter Tom Waits, released in March 1973 on Asylum Records.
Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards
 
Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards is a limited edition three CD set by Tom Waits, released by the ANTI- label on November 17, 2006 in Europe and on November 21, 2006 in the United States.
Bad as Me
 
Bad as Me is the seventeenth studio album by American rock musician Tom Waits, released on October 21, 2011 by ANTI- Records.
Seven Psychopaths
 
Seven Psychopaths is a 2012 British-American crime black comedy film written and directed by Martin McDonagh.

Photos - Tom Waits288

Popular Albums43

Album Appearances & References70

Popular Live Albums3

Live Album Appearances & References2

Popular Songs11

Song Appearances & References7

Films14

Minor Film Appearances & References22

TV Shows8

Musicals1

Collaborators & Influencers38

Other Music-Related Relationships34

Other Film-Related Relationships1

Personal & Professional Relationships5

Commercial & Non-Profit Relationships2

Awards & Nominations5

Popular Tours1

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Spotify - Albums70

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Spotify - Top Tracks10

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Dead Man's Carnival waited years for Tom Waits tribute show
  –  December 3, 2017
A Tom Waits tribute show was probably in our notebook from ... And, of course, no Dead Man’s Carnival show would be complete without music. Xyloma serves as bandleader, singer and emcee for the shows, and as he was working earlier this year on a ...
Stream All of Tom Waits’ Music in a 24 Hour Playlist: The Complete Discography
  –  November 25, 2017
Take the haunting, unforgettable Blind Willie Johnson, the weirdo genius Captain Beefheart, and, of course, the inimitable Tom Waits, whose mercurial persona has expressed itself as a down-and-out lounge singer ... liberally from music of the past ...
A Heavy Metal Icon’s Jazz Explorations, Celebrating Tom Waits And A Host Of New Releases
  –  December 1, 2017
Tuesday, December 5 After establishing himself as a force in the world of thrash metal guitar, Alex Skolnick decided to study jazz in the late 1990s ... December 7 We celebrate the birthday of Tom Waits with music from The Replacements, Screamin ...
Pour yourself a whiskey and dive into this 24-hour playlist of Tom Waits’ entire discography
  –  November 29, 2017
Get well acquainted with one of the most distinctive voices in music with this 24-hour long, career spanning playlist of Tom Waits. Tom Waits’ voice was ... Waits uniquely blends elements of blues, jazz, rock and experimental to create the perfect ...
Dead Man's Carnival waited years for Tom Waits tribute show
  –  December 3, 2017
While Xyloma admitted to feeling that doing a show devoted to music by your favorite artist was a little self indulgent, the 20-some other performers in Dead Man’s Carnival are on board. In the circus performer community, Tom Waits is a hero.
A Heavy Metal Icon’s Jazz Explorations, Celebrating Tom Waits And A Host Of New Releases
  –  December 1, 2017
Thursday, December 7 We celebrate the birthday of Tom Waits with music from The Replacements, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, Norah Jones and others. Friday, December 8 We remember musician Gregg Allman on the 70th anniversary of his birthday with music from his ...
The Black Rider: A Fairy Tale for Adults With Music by Tom Waits
  –  November 30, 2017
Mark Jackson, the director of “The Black Rider: The Casting of the Magic Bullets” at Shotgun Players, doesn’t believe in the devil or his power over us – he thinks we created the devil to provide excuses for our own weaknesses. So a deal with the ...
Pour yourself a whiskey and dive into this 24-hour playlist of Tom Waits’ entire discography
  –  November 29, 2017
Get well acquainted with one of the most distinctive voices in music with this 24-hour long, career spanning playlist of Tom Waits. Tom Waits’ voice was once described as though “it was soaked in a vat of bourbon, left hanging in the smokehouse for a ...
Stream All of Tom Waits’ Music in a 24 Hour Playlist: The Complete Discography
  –  November 25, 2017
Some singers are born with the voices of angels, some with voices like bags of gravel. Both, I’d say, are blessed in their own way. Take the haunting, unforgettable Blind Willie Johnson, the weirdo genius Captain Beefheart, and, of course, the inimitable ...
Tom Waits shares “new, remixed” version of 2004’s Real Gone: Stream/download
  –  November 24, 2017
Tom Waits is reissuing his entire catalog with ANTI- Records ... It’s out today and subscribers of Apple Music and Spotify can stream it below. The reissue was personally remastered by Waits and his wife/music collaborator Kathleen Brennan.

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