Tom Waits

Tom Waits

Thomas Alan Waits (Pomona, California, 7 de diciembre de 1949), más conocido como Tom Waits, es un músico, cantante, compositor y actor estadounidense, famoso por sus canciones de tono áspero, inspiradas en escritores como Charles Bukowski y algunos de la generación beat, en especial Jack Kerouac. Waits tiene una voz distintiva, descrita por el crítico musical Daniel Durchholz como «si Waits hubiese sido sumergido en un depósito de bourbon, ahumado durante unos meses, y luego llevado afuera y aplastado por un coche». Con su rugido vocal como marca, y la incorporación a sus canciones de música industrial y de estilos musicales previos a la era del rock, tales como el blues, el jazz y el vodevil, Waits ha conseguido construir un personaje musical singular. También ha trabajado como compositor de bandas sonoras y como actor en películas, tales como Bajo el peso de la ley , Drácula y The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, y fue nominado al Óscar por la banda sonora de One from the Heart.
Líricamente, las canciones de Waits presentan complejos retratos de lugares y personajes muy variados, aunque también muestra cierta inclinación por baladas más convencionales. Dada su poca repercusión mediática en televisión y radio, algunas de sus canciones son más conocidas a través de versiones hechas por otros artistas: tal es el caso de «Jersey Girl», interpretada por Bruce Springsteen, «Ol’ ’55», por The Eagles, y «Downtown Train», por Rod Stewart, entre otros. En 2011, Waits ingresó como miembro del Salón de la Fama del Rock and Roll de manos de su compañero Neil Young.
Waits vive actualmente en Sonoma, California, con su esposa, Kathleen Brennan, y tiene tres hijos, Kellesimone, Casey y Sullivan.

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  • Fecha de nacimiento: 1949-12-07
  • Lugar de nacimiento: Pomona, California, USA

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​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.   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. He has worked as a composer for movies and musical plays and as a supporting actor in films, including Down By Law, Bram Stoker's Dracula and Wristcutters: A Love Story. He was nominated for an Academy Award for his soundtrack work on One from the Heart. Lyrically, Waits' songs frequently present atmospheric portrayals of grotesque, often seedy characters and places – although he has also shown a penchant for more conventional ballads. He has a cult following and has influenced subsequent songwriters despite having little radio or music video support. His songs are best-known to the general public in the form of cover versions by more visible artists: "Jersey Girl", performed by Bruce Springsteen, "Ol' 55", performed by the Eagles, and "Downtown Train", performed by Rod Stewart. Although Waits' albums have met with mixed commercial success in his native United States, they have occasionally achieved gold album sales status in other countries. He has been nominated for a number of major music awards and has won Grammy Awards for two albums, Bone Machine and Mule Variations. In 2010, Waits was chosen to be inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011. Waits currently lives in Sonoma County, California with his wife, Kathleen Brennan, and three children. Description above from the Wikipedia article Tom Waits, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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