Everything about Tom Waits

June 2, 2012 Uncategorized

Tom Waits Music and Life

Thomas Alan Waits was born in December 7th in 1949. His parents Jesse Frank Waits and Alma Johnson McMurray were teachers. Waits lived with his mother since his parents divorced in 1960.

1965 Waits played in Systems. The band played R&B and soul.


In 1971 Waits made a series of demo recordings for Cohen’s Bizarre/Straight label. These early tracks were released twenty years later on The Early Years, Volume One and Volume Two.

Waits signed to Asylum Records in 1972 and his first record Closing Time—was released in 1973.

He began touring and opening for such artists as Charlie Rich, Martha and the Vandellas and Frank Zappa.

Waits released The heart of the Saturday night in 1974 and the double album Nighthawks at the Diner in 1975.

Waits was drinking a lot in 70’s. Touring meant a lot of traveling, different hotels, unhealthy food and drinking.

Waits put together a touring band called The Nocturnal Emissions. They toured the United States and Europe eight months between 1976-1977.

Foreign Affairs (1977) was musically in a similar vein to Small Change that was released in 1976, but was more jazzy and bluesy album. Blue Valentine was released in 1978


In 1980 Heartattack and Vine was released and it was Waits’ last studio album for the label Asylum.

In 1980 Tom Waits married Kathleen Brennan. They met while working on the set of the movie One from the Heart. Brennan is as a major influence on his music and other work.

Waits signed to Island Records and later released Swordfishtrombones in 1983

In 1985 he release Rain Dogs which was ranked 21st on Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 greatest albums of the 1980s.

In 1987 Waits released Franks Wild Years, which included studio versions from Waits’ play of the same name.


In 90’s Waits concentrated on movie soundtracks, acting and other music projects by other artists.

Bone Machine was released in 1992 and it was awarded a Grammy in the Best Alternative Album category.

In 1993 Waits released The Black Rider, which contained studio versions of the songs that Waits had written for the musical of the same name earlier in 1990.

In 1998 Waits released his last album Beautiful Maladies for the Label Island Records

Waits’s first album on his new label Epitaph was Mule Variations in 1999.


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

Waits released Real Gone in 2004

Album in 2006 called Orphans included three discs; Brawlers, rock and blues songs; Bawlers, ballads and love songs and Bastards including spoken-word tracks.


The title of the new album was Bad as Me and the album was released in 2011.