December 7, 1949 in Pomona
Los Angeles, CA, United States
Tom Waits (born Thomas Alan Waits, in Pomona, California, on December 7, 1949) is a prolific American singer, songwriter, composer, and actor. He started his career in the early 1970s as a singer in spit 'n' sawdust bars. Initially, he was deeply influenced by the beat generation, novelists like Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs, and poets like Allen Ginsberg and Charles Bukowski. Waits is often compared to Charles Bukowski, being similar both in content and lifestyle, although Waits's views are more egalitarian than Bukowski's.
Thoughts on Songs with Tom Waits
10 months ago
Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me is the full quote. Suppose it means being called a bum, homeless, is meaningless as you have other things than pride to concern you. Great song - my favorite version is Puddles' Pity Party (Big Mike Geier) version of it on YouTube. Poignant.