December 7, 1949 in Pomona
Los Angeles, CA, United States
Thomas Alan "Tom" Waits (born December 7, 1949) is an American singer-songwriter, composer, and actor. Waits has a distinctive voice, described by critic Daniel Durchholz as sounding like "it was soaked in a vat of bourbon, left hanging in the smokehouse for a few months, and then taken outside and run over with a car". With this trademark growl, his incorporation of pre-rock music styles such as blues, jazz, and vaudeville, and experimental tendencies verging on industrial music, Waits has built up a distinctive musical persona.
Biography by Wikipedia, available under cc by-sa license.
2 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.
More Artist Info