Tom Waits Biography (Wikipedia)
Thomas Alan Waits (born December 7, 1949) is an American singer-songwriter and actor. Waits' music is characterized by his distinctive deep, gravelly singing voice and lyrics focusing on the underside of U.S. society. During the 1970s, he worked primarily in jazz, but since the 1980s his music has reflected greater influence from blues, vaudeville, and experimental genres.
Waits was raised in a middle-class family in Whittier, California and then San Diego. Inspired by Bob Dylan and the Beat Generation, as a teenager he began singing on the San Diego folk music scene. Relocating to Los Angeles, he worked as a songwriter before signing a recording contract with Asylum Records. His first albums, the jazz-oriented Closing Time (1973) and The Heart of Saturday Night (1974), reflected his lyrical interest in nightlife, poverty, and criminality. Repeatedly touring the U.S., Europe, and Japan, he 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 and subsequently made cameo appearances in several Coppola films. During the 1970s, he also had relationships with two prominent performers, Bette Midler and Rickie Lee Jones.
- Tom Waits - The Barfly Imagehttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04t70hp.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04t70hp.jpg2017-02-19T19:02:50.000ZIn the 1970s Tom Waits took his barfly persona on to TV chat shows. Lucinda Williams and former producer Bones Howe discuss how close it was to the real Tom Waits.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p04t6cdf
Tom Waits - The Barfly Image
- Carnivals & Cabaret - The Many Characters of Tom Waitshttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04tgykq.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04tgykq.jpg2017-02-17T19:02:37.000ZGuy Garvey, Jim Sclavunos and Terry Gilliam discuss Waits’ changing musical style and love of the carnivalesque in his 'Franks Wild Years' period.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p04t6clg
Carnivals & Cabaret - The Many Characters of Tom Waits
- "That Demon Voice"' - Fans describe Tom Waits' unique voicehttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04t6tcd.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04t6tcd.jpg2017-02-17T19:02:37.000ZTom Waits performs Heart Attack And Vine and Ian Rankin, Ute Lemper, Guy Garvey and Tom Waits himself describe his unique, gravelly voice.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p04t6cmz
"That Demon Voice"' - Fans describe Tom Waits' unique voice
- Tom Waits - A Man Out of Timehttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04t6sgr.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04t6sgr.jpg2017-02-17T19:02:05.000ZTom Waits, his former producer Bones Howe and musician Jim Sclavunos discuss the influence of the classic American songbook on Tom Waits' early music.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p04t6cd7
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