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Tom Waits

Genre:Rock, Blues, Alternative
Rank:269
Albums:27
Songs:340

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1I Hope That I Don't Fall In Love With You lyrics
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2Closing Time lyrics
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3The Black Rider lyrics
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4Virginia Avenue lyrics
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5Little Trip To Heaven (On The Wings Of Your Love) lyrics
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6Ol' '55 lyrics
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7Hope I Don't Fall In Love With You lyrics
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8Baby Gonna Leave Me lyrics
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9Ice Cream Man lyrics
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10Midnight Lullaby lyrics
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1Closing Time
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2The Black Rider
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3Real Gone
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4Rain Dogs
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5The Heart Of Saturday Night
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6Broadcast Collection 1973 - 1978 (7 cd Set)
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7Nighthawks At The Diner
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8Small Change
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9Blue Valentine
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10Foreign Affairs
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Biography

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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