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Tom Waits

Tom Waits

Thomas Alan "Tom" Waits (born December 7, 1949) is an American singer-songwriter, composer, and actor. Waits has a distinctive voice, described by critic Daniel Durchholz as sounding "like 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." With this trademark growl, his incorporation of pre-rock music styles such as blues, jazz, and vaudeville, and experimental tendencies verging on industrial music, Waits has built up a distinctive musical persona. He has worked as a composer for movies and musical plays and has acted in supporting roles in films including Paradise Alley and Bram Stoker's Dracula; he also starred in the 1986 film Down by Law. He was nominated for an Academy Award for his soundtrack work on One from the Heart.. Waits was born at Park Avenue Hospital in Pomona, California to Jesse Frank Waits and Alma Johnson McMurray, both schoolteachers. His father was of Scots-Irish descent and his mother was a Norwegian American. After Waits' parents divorced in 1960, he lived with his mother in Whittier, and then moved to National City, in San Diego County, near the Mexico–United States border. Waits, who taught himself how to play the piano on a neighbor's instrument, often took trips to Mexico with his father, who taught Spanish; he would later say that he found his love of music during these trips through a Mexican ballad that was "probably a Ranchera, you know, on the car radio with my dad.". By 1965, while attending Hilltop High School within the Sweetwater Union High School District, Chula Vista, Waits was playing in an R&B/soul band called The Systems and had begun his first job at Napoleone Pizza House in National City (about which he would later sing on "I Can't Wait to Get Off Work (And See My Baby on Montgomery Avenue)" from Small Change and "The Ghosts of Saturday Night (After Hours at Napoleone's Pizza House)" on The Heart of Saturday Night). He later admitted that he was not a fan of the 1960s music scene, stating, "I wasn't thrilled by Blue Cheer, so I found an alternative, even if it was Bing Crosby." Five years later, he was working as a doorman at the Heritage nightclub in San Diego—where artists of every genre performed—when he did his first paid gig for $6. A fan of Bob Dylan, Lord Buckley, Jack Kerouac, Louis Armstrong, Howlin' Wolf, and Charles Bukowski, Waits began developing his own idiosyncratic musical style....
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Tom Waits - Tales From the Underground 4Tales From the Underground 4, AlbumMissing Parts, Compilation albumLive in Florence (1999), Live AlbumEurovisions (disc 2), AlbumBukowski Waits for Us, Volume 2Black Rider Outtakes, AlbumA Nickel's Worth of Dreams, AlbumTom Waits - Rain DogsRain Dogs, AlbumOne From the Heart (feat. Crystal Gayle), SoundtrackTom Waits - Closing TimeClosing Time, AlbumTom Waits - Spare PartsSpare Parts, Compilation album (1974)Tom Waits - Blue ValentineBlue Valentine, Album (1977)Tom Waits - Bounced ChecksBounced Checks, Compilation album (1978)Tom Waits - SwordfishtrombonesSwordfishtrombones, Album (1982)Tom Waits - Anthology of Tom WaitsAnthology of Tom Waits, Compilation album (1984)Tom Waits - Asylum YearsAsylum Years, Compilation album (1986)Tom Waits - Franks Wild YearsFranks Wild Years, Album (1987)Tom Waits - Big TimeBig Time, Live Album (1987)Tom Waits - Heartattack and VineHeartattack and Vine, Album (1988)Tom Waits - Small ChangeSmall Change, Album (1988)Tom Waits - The Heart of Saturday NightThe Heart of Saturday Night, Album (1988)Tom Waits - Nighthawks at the DinerNighthawks at the Diner, Album (1989)Tom Waits - Foreign AffairsForeign Affairs, Album (1990)Tom Waits - The Early Years, Volume TwoThe Early Years, Volume Two, Compilation album (1990)Tom Waits - The Early Years, Volume OneThe Early Years, Volume One, Compilation album (1991)Tom Waits - Bone MachineBone Machine, Album (1991)Tom Waits - Night on EarthNight on Earth, Soundtrack (1992)Tom Waits - Heartattack and VineHeartattack and Vine, Single (1992)Tom Waits - The Asylum YearsThe Asylum Years, Compilation album (1992)Tom Waits - The Black RiderThe Black Rider, Album (1993)Tom Waits - Beautiful MaladiesBeautiful Maladies, Compilation album (1997)Tom Waits - Beautiful Maladies: The Island YearsBeautiful Maladies: The Island Years, Compilation album (1998)Tom Waits - Mule VariationsMule Variations, Album (1999)Tom Waits - Time Waits for No One!Time Waits for No One!, Album (2000)Tom Waits - Hold OnHold On, EP (2000)Tom Waits - Used Songs, 1973-1980Used Songs, 1973-1980, Compilation (2000)Tom Waits - Used Songs (1973-1980)Used Songs (1973-1980), Compilation album (2001)The Dime Store Novels, Volume 1 (live at Ebbetts Field 1974), Live Album (2001)Tom Waits - AliceAlice, Album (2002)Tom Waits - One From the HeartOne From the Heart, Soundtrack (2004)Tom Waits - Real GoneReal Gone, Album (2004)Tom Waits - Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & BastardsOrphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards, Compilation album (2005)Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards, Album (2006)
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