Tom Waits

~ Person

Legal name: Thomas Alan 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 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, and "Downtown Train", by Rod Stewart. Although Waits' albums have met with mixed commercial success in his native United States, 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 two albums, Bone Machine and Mule Variations. In 2011, Waits was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He is also 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 Kathleen Brennan (married August 1980) and their three children.

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Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Remasters, Volume 8: Live in Austin 1999 Tom Waits 1
Remasters, Volume 9: Live in Berlin 2004 Tom Waits 1
Rendezvous at Midnight Tom Waits 1
Seven Dollar Suits Tom Waits 1
Sleepin' at Drew's House Tom Waits 1
Texas Hall, Arlington, USA: 25 October 1975 Tom Waits 1
The Agora Ballroom '77 Tom Waits 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1982 One From the Heart Tom Waits and Crystal Gayle 4
1991 Night on Earth Tom Waits 5 2
1999 Alice Tom Waits 1
2003 Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet Gavin Bryars & Tom Waits 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1978 Somewhere Tom Waits 1
1985 Downtown Train Tom Waits 1
1985 In the Neighborhood Tom Waits 1
1988 16 Shells From a Thirty-Ought-Six Tom Waits 1
1992 Goin' Out West Tom Waits 1
1993 Heartattack and Vine Tom Waits 1
1999 Hold On Tom Waits 1
2006 Bottom of the World / You Can Never Hold Back Spring / Road to Peace Tom Waits 1
2011 Bad As Me Tom Waits 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2009 Live Tom Waits 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2006 Burma Shave Tom Waits 1
Bukowski Waits for Us, Volume 2 Tom Waits 1
Woyzeck Tom Waits 1

Other + Interview

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1975 Coffee Break Radio Show 2-3-1975 Tom Waits 1
1992 Bone Machine: The Operator's Manual Tom Waits 1
1999 Mule Conversations Tom Waits 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1976 The Heart of Shaboo Night Tom Waits 1
2007 Blue Crack Of Dawn 76-06 Tom Waits 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Missing Parts Tom Waits 1
Spare Parts Tom Waits 2


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2007 Diamond in Your Mind Tom Waits & Kronos Quartet 1

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