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    Tom Waits

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    Genre:Rock, Blues, Alternative
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    Most Popular Songs (more)

    1Big Black Mariah lyrics
    2Lucinda lyrics
    3Wrong Side Of The Road lyrics
    4Take Me Home lyrics
    Crystal Gayle feat. Tom Waits
    5I'm Still Here lyrics
    6Warm Beer And Cold Women lyrics
    7Looks Like I'm Up Shit Creek Again lyrics
    8Yesterday Is Here lyrics
    9Georgia Lee lyrics
    10Pasties And A G-String lyrics

    Most Popular Albums (more)

    632 4.0/5
    Rain Dogs [1985]
    3,196 4.0/5
    Mule Variations [1999]
    Blue Valentine [1978]
    5,675 5.0/5
    Swordfishtrombones [1983]
    7,204 5.0/5
    The Black Rider [1993]
    6Closing Time [1973]
    Nighthawks At The Diner [1975]
    8Small Change [1976]
    9The Heart Of Saturday Night [1974]
    10Foreign Affairs [1977]


    Tom Waits 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 as a supporting actor in films, including Down By Law and Bram Stoker's Dracula. He was nominated for an Academy Award for his soundtrack work on One from the Heart.

    Lyrically, Waits' songs frequently present atmospheric portrayals 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 to the general public in the form of cover versions by more visible artists: "Jersey Girl", performed by Bruce Springsteen, "Ol' '55", performed by the Eagles, and "Downtown Train", performed 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.

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