Tom Waits is a prolific American singer-songwriter, composer, and actor. He is known for his distinctively gravelly voice, eclectic musical style, and his ability to create vivid and poetic narratives through his lyrics. Born on December 7, 1949, in Pomona, California, Waits began his music career in the early 1970s and has since become one of the most influential musicians of his generation.
Waits' music draws on a wide range of musical genres, including blues, jazz, folk, rock, and avant-garde. His early albums, such as "Closing Time" (1973) and "The Heart of Saturday Night" (1974), were characterized by their mellow, melancholic sound and Waits' tender, introspective lyrics. However, by the late 1970s, Waits began to experiment with a more experimental, abrasive style of music, incorporating elements of punk rock and experimental jazz into his sound.
Waits' signature sound is his raspy, gravelly voice, which he often uses to great effect in his lyrics. His songs are populated by a cast of colorful characters, from down-on-their-luck drifters to eccentric street performers, and Waits' unique storytelling style brings these characters to life in vivid detail. In many of his songs, Waits uses a technique known as "spoken-word" delivery, in which he recites his lyrics in a rhythmic, almost musical manner.
One of Waits' greatest strengths as a songwriter is his ability to create emotionally resonant lyrics that are both poetic and deeply relatable. His songs often deal with themes of love, loss, loneliness, and the search for meaning in life, and his lyrics have been praised for their wit, intelligence, and raw emotional power. Many of his songs have become modern classics, including "Tom Traubert's Blues" (better known as "Waltzing Matilda"), "Jersey Girl," and "I Hope That I Don't Fall in Love with You."
In addition to his music career, Waits has also made a name for himself as an actor, appearing in a number of films and television shows over the years. He has worked with some of the most renowned directors in Hollywood, including Francis Ford Coppola, Jim Jarmusch, and Robert Altman, and has received critical acclaim for his performances in films such as "Ironweed" and "Short Cuts."
Despite his long and prolific career, Waits has remained fiercely independent and has never been afraid to experiment with new sounds and ideas. His music has been cited as an influence by countless artists across a wide range of genres, and his unique voice and style have made him a beloved and iconic figure in American music.
TOM WAITS - Blue Valentine
"Blue Valentine" is the sixth studio album by American rock musician Tom Waits, released in September 1978 on Asylum Records.
"Foreign Affairs" is the album by Tom Waits, released in 1977 on Elektra Entertainment. It was produced by Bones Howe, and features Bette Midler singing a duet with Waits on "I Never Talk to Strangers"
"Rain Dogs" is the 9th album by American singer-songwriter Tom Waits, released in August 1985 on Island Records. A loose concept album about "the urban dispossessed" of New York City, Rain Dogs is generally considered the middle album of a trilogy that includes Swordfishtrombones and Franks Wild Years