67 Facts About Tom Waits

1. Tom Waits thought that Waits was, along with the painter Edward Hopper, "one of the two great depicters of American isolation".

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2. Tom Waits told one interviewer, "I discovered alcohol at an early age, and that guided me a lot.

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3. Tom Waits added that Waits had adopted a "self-appointed role as the bard of the streets".

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4. Tom Waits has praised Dylan, noting that "for a songwriter, Dylan is as essential as a hammer and nails and saw are to a carpenter".

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5. Tom Waits regarded James Brown as one of his musical heroes, and was a great fan of the Rolling Stones.

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6. Tom Waits modelled some of his early vocal mannerisms after Richard Buckley.

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7. Tom Waits has made use of blues, jazz, and vaudeville, and experimental.

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8. Tom Waits plays the role of The Prospector in the "All Gold Canyon" story, who digs for gold in a valley in the old west.

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9. In 2018, Tom Waits played a feature role in The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, a western anthology film by the Coen Brothers released on Netflix.

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10. Tom Waits was accompanied by Larry Taylor on upright bass and Gabriel Donohue on piano accordion, with the horn section of the CBS Orchestra.

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11. On May 19, 2015, Tom Waits appeared on one of the final broadcasts of Late Show with David Letterman to sing a song called "Take One Last Look".

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12. On May 5, 2013, Tom Waits joined the Rolling Stones on stage at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California to duet with Mick Jagger on the song "Little Red Rooster".

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13. Tom Waits is working on a new stage musical with director and long-time collaborator Robert Wilson and playwright Martin McDonagh.

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14. In 2016 Tom Waits embarked upon litigation against French artist Bartabas who had used several of Waits' songs as a backdrop to a theatrical performance that in many ways paid homage to Waits' work.

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15. In 2007, the suit was settled, and Tom Waits gave the sum to charity.

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16. Tom Waits declined, but the commercial ultimately featured music very similar to that song.

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17. Tom Waits made an appearance on the album The Spirit of Apollo by alternative hip hop project NASA, on the track "Spacious Thoughts.

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18. Tom Waits was awarded the key to the city of El Paso, Texas during a concert on June 20, 2008.

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19. On January 22, 2008, Tom Waits made a rare live appearance in Los Angeles, performing at a benefit for Bet Tzedek Legal Services—The House of Justice, a nonprofit poverty law center.

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20. Tom Waits played the role of Kneller in the film Wristcutters: A Love Story, which opened in November 2007.

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21. Tom Waits provided guest vocals on the song "Pray" by fellow ANTI—artists the Book of Knots on their album Traineater.

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22. On July 10, 2007, Tom Waits released the download-only digital single "Diamond in Your Mind".

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23. On May 4, 2007, Tom Waits performed "Lucinda" and "Ain't Goin' Down to the Well" from Orphans on the last show of a week Late Night with Conan O'Brien spent in San Francisco.

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24. Tom Waits made a number of high-profile television and concert appearances between 2006 and 2010.

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25. In 2005, Tom Waits appeared in the Tony Scott film Domino as a soothsayer.

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26. At this time, Tom Waits made a return to acting after a five-year break, marked at first by the re-release of his 1993 Jim Jarmusch-directed short Coffee and Cigarettes: Somewhere in California, costarring Iggy Pop, compiled in Coffee and Cigarettes.

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27. Tom Waits released Real Gone, his first nontheatrical studio album since Mule Variations, in 2004.

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28. Tom Waits contributed a version of "The Return of Jackie and Judy" by the Ramones to the compilation album We're a Happy Family: A Tribute to Ramones, which was released in 2003 on Columbia Records.

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29. In 2002, Tom Waits simultaneously released two albums, Alice and Blood Money.

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30. Tom Waits contributed a cover of Skip Spence's "Books of Moses" to More Oar: A Tribute to the Skip Spence Album, a collection of covers of the singer's songs on Birdman Records.

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31. In 1999 Tom Waits performed at the Hummingbird Centre in Toronto His first album on his new label, Mule Variations, was issued that year.

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32. Tom Waits has appeared in movie acting roles, the most significant of which was his uncredited cameo as a disabled veteran in Terry Gilliam's The Fisher King.

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33. Tom Waits came down to the studio on the Mississippi Lad album, that's the first one I did for PolyGram, and he sang two of my songs, wouldn't accept any money, just trying to give me the best boost that he could.

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34. Tom Waits contributed vocals to two songs on jazz tenor saxophonist Teddy Edwards' album Mississippi Lad.

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35. Tom Waits collaborated with photographer Sylvia Plachy in the same year; her book Sylvia Plachy's Unguided Tour includes a short Waits record to accompany the photographs and text.

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36. Tom Waits joined other singers like Springsteen, Elvis Costello, and k d lang by appearing in a "Black and White Night" at Los Angeles' Ambassador Hotel to celebrate the life of singer-songwriter Roy Orbison, of whom Waits was a fan.

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37. Tom Waits initially considered a run in New York City, but decided against it.

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38. Tom Waits had devised the idea of a musical play, Franks Wild Years, which would be loosely based on the eponymous song from Swordfishtrombones.

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39. Tom Waits changed the setlist for each performance; most of the songs chosen were from his two Island albums.

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40. Tom Waits began work on his next album, Rain Dogs, before recording it over the course of two and a half months at the RCA Studios in mid 1985.

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41. Tom Waits began networking in the city's arts scene, and at a party Jean-Michel Basquiat held for Lurie he met the filmmaker Jim Jarmusch.

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42. Tom Waits befriended John Lurie of The Lounge Lizards, and the duo began sharing a music studio in the Westbeth artist-community building in Greenwich Village.

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43. Tom Waits found New York City life frustrating, although it allowed him to meet many new musicians and artists.

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44. In 1981, Tom Waits provided a voice-over for a television advert for Butcher's Blend dog food.

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45. Tom Waits wrote the songs which would be included on Swordfishtrombones during a two-week trip to Ireland.

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46. Tom Waits wanted to move away from using Howe as his producer, although the two parted on good terms.

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47. Tom Waits still contractually owed Elektra-Asylum a further album, so took a break from Coppola's project to write an album that he initially called White Spades.

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48. Tom Waits initially lived in the Chelsea Hotel before renting an apartment on West 26th Street.

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49. Tom Waits joined Jones for the first leg of her European tour, but then ended his relationship with her.

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50. Tom Waits was unsatisfied with Elektra-Asylum, whom he felt had lost interest in him as an artist in favor of their more commercially successful acts like the Eagles, Linda Ronstadt, Carly Simon, and Queen.

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51. In July 1978, Tom Waits began the recording sessions for his album Blue Valentine.

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52. Tom Waits became friends with the actor and director Sylvester Stallone and made his first cinematic appearance as a cameo part in Stallone's Paradise Alley; Waits appeared as a drunk piano player.

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53. Tom Waits began 1977 by touring Japan for the first time.

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54. Tom Waits went on tour to promote the new album, backed by the Nocturnal Emissions.

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55. Tom Waits moved from Silver Lake to Echo Park, spending much of his time in downtown Los Angeles.

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56. Tom Waits began composing songs for his second album, and attended the Venice Poetry Workshop to try out this new material in front of an audience.

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57. Tom Waits continued performing at the Troubadour and there met David Geffen, who gave Waits a recording contract with his Asylum Records.

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58. Tom Waits began frequenting folk music venues around San Diego, becoming drawn into the city's folk music scene.

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59. Tom Waits continued pursuing his musical interests, taking piano lessons.

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60. Tom Waits enrolled at Chula Vista's Southwestern Community College to study photography, for a time considering a career in the field.

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61. Tom Waits worked at Napoleone's pizza restaurant in National City, California, and both there and at a local diner developed an interest in the lives of the patrons, writing down phrases and snippets of dialogue he overheard.

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62. Tom Waits described having a "very middle-class" upbringing and "a pretty normal childhood".

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63. Tom Waits has one older sister and one younger sister.

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64. Tom Waits was included among the 2010 list of Rolling Stones 100 Greatest Singers, as well as the 2015 list of Rolling Stones 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time.

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65. In 2011, Tom Waits was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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66. Tom Waits continued appearing in film, taking a leading role in Jim Jarmusch's Down by Law.

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67. Tom Waits was born and raised in a middle-class family in California.

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