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Tom Waits

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Pomona, Los Angeles CA, United States (1949 – present)

Tom Waits (born Thomas Alan Waits, in Pomona, California, on December 7, 1949) is a prolific American singer, songwriter, composer, and actor.

He started his career in the early 1970s as a singer in spit ‘n’ sawdust bars. Initially, he was deeply influenced by the beat generation, novelists like Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs, and poets like Allen Ginsberg and Charles Bukowski. Waits is often compared to Charles Bukowski, being similar both in content and lifestyle, although Waits’s views are more egalitarian than Bukowski’s. Waits was unable to make a living from his music in the 70s because his classical bar music, based in pre-rock, and , , and styles were not popular. Waits’s voice back then was soft, warm and clear.

Waits subsequently developed a devoted cult following and has influenced subsequent songwriters, despite having little radio or music video support. In fact, his songs are perhaps best known to the general public in the form of cover versions of more visible artists, such as the Eagles, Bruce Springsteen and Rod Stewart.

Although Waits’s albums have met with mixed commercial success in his native United States, they have occasionally achieved gold album sales status in other countries.

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  • greydirewolf

    This man is a god!

    31 Aug 4:16pm Reply
  • Oliveeeeeeeeer

    I wish Tom Waits was my wife

    30 Aug 5:18pm Reply
  • JohnnyMath

    The most badass person in the world

    29 Aug 7:13pm Reply
  • matthew_fawson

    Mule Variations is an outstanding album! It's probably one of my favourite albums at the moment! - 6/5

    12 Aug 8:16pm Reply
  • SAGYology

    As yet another representative of the name Tom, I can assure you all: Tom always finds its way and most often without having to wait for somebody.

    7 Aug 10:08am Reply
  • Angel_Blue-

    The artist with the coolest photos ever.

    5 Aug 4:24am Reply
  • blueglo

    tom waits, gotta listen to "mule variations" now.

    2 Aug 6:00pm Reply
  • CainDavies

    A god among mere soft-throated mortals

    27 Jul 1:29am Reply
  • DropSoap

    Living legend

    23 Jul 1:40pm Reply
  • oskar095

    hey, what does Tom wait for?!

    13 Jul 12:19am Reply
  • c70

    Legend

    5 Jul 7:43pm Reply
  • somacarcrash

    I got into him way before I started drinking, so I disagree, but I guess the matter is subjective. Sure sometimes I might have to be in the mood for him but I love his work regardless.

    3 Jul 10:33pm Reply
  • OG-Gurda

    I used to like him very much when I used to drink a lot ... Now I do not drink alcohol anymore and his music is not as awesome as it used to be when I was drinkin' ... Jus'' Sayin.

    1 Jul 7:09pm Reply
  • XxRoflcopterxX

    Might be the best songwriter of all time. No lie.

    28 Jun 6:13am Reply
  • Sentenzia22

    Hey little bird, fly away home Your house is on fire; your children are alone

    22 Jun 1:01pm Reply
  • OG-Gurda

    V Waiting for life to come

    19 Jun 7:06pm Reply
  • ellieedis

    anyone know what he's waitin for yet?

    18 Jun 3:58pm Reply
  • OG-Gurda

    Little Drop Of Poison is a very sick song .

    12 Jun 9:25am Reply
  • somacarcrash

    @purifire It takes time, but you'll grow to appreciate it, and it will be that much sweeter. Also Bone Machine if you really can't get into him.

    6 Jun 9:33pm Reply
  • glassbottle

    Orphans is such a great album, I wish I got it when it came out, the vinyl release goes for over $400 CAD now.

    4 Jun 1:43pm Reply
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