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Thomas Alan Waits (born December 7, 1949) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, composer and actor. His distinctive voice was 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". 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.
Waits was raised in Whittier, California, and moved to San Diego with his family at the age of 12. 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. 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.
He is included among the 2010 list of Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Singers, 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.
Downtown Train Single
In the Neighborhood Single
- Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet: Coda: Tom Waits With High Strings
- Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet: Tramp With Orchestra IV
- Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet: Tramp and Tom Waits With Full Orchestra
- Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet: Tramp With Orchestra I
- Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet: Tramp With Orchestra II
- Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet: Tramp With Orchestra III
- Once Upon a Town / Empty Pockets
- Candy Apple Red
- Dragging a Dead Priest
- Carnival Bob's Confession
- Helsinki Mood
- Paris Mood
- Good Old World
- On the Other Side of the World
- New York Mood
- Baby I'm Not a Baby Anymore
- New York Theme
- Back in the Good Old World
- Los Angeles Mood
- Los Angeles Theme
- Ain't Going Down to the Well
- Who’s Been Talking / Till the Money Runs Out
- Dead and Loverly
- Lie to Me Baby
- I’m Not Your Fool Anymore
- No One Can Forgive Me but My Baby
- Way Down in the Mule
- Intro to "On a Foggy Night"
- Interlude 12