About Tom Waits

Tom Waits who bas born in December 7, 1949 is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and actor from Pomona, California. His music is characterized by his deep and gravelly voice, his lyrics focusing on the underside of society. All 70s, he produced jazz primarily, but starting from 1980, his career has reflected greater influence from blues and mostly experimental genres. As a teenager he began singing on the San Diego folk music circuit, relocating to Los Angeles in 1972. He worked there as a songwriter before signing a recording contract with Asylum Records. His first albums were the jazz-oriented Closing Time (1973) and The Heart of Saturday Night (1974), which reflected his lyrical interest in nightlife, poverty, and criminality. He repeatedly toured the U.S., Europe, and Japan and attracted greater critical recognition and commercial success with Small Change (1976), which he followed with Blue Valentine (1978) and Heartattack and Vine (1980). He produced the soundtrack for Francis Ford Coppola's 1981 film "One from the Heart". In 1980, Waits pursued a new, more experimental and eclectic musical aesthetic. He taking a leading role in Jim Jarmusch's Down by Law (1986), and made theatrical appearances. With theatre director Robert Wilson he produced two musicals, The Black Rider and Alice, first performed in Hamburg. In the 1990s, Waits' albums Bone Machine (1992), The Black Rider (1993), and Mule Variations (1999) earned him increasing critical acclaim and various Grammy Awards. In the late 1990s, he switched to the record label Anti-, which released Blood Money (2002), Alice (2002), Real Gone (2004), and Bad as Me (2011). In 2011, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He was included among the 2010 list of Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Singers, as well as the 2015 Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time.