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Leonard Cohen - 46% match to Tom Waits

Genres: Folk Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock World Music
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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21 September 1934, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. A graduate in English Literature from McGill and Columbia Universities, Cohen first made an impression as a novelist. The Favorite Game (1963) and Beautiful Losers (1966) offered the mixture of sexual and spiritual longing, despair and black humour, prevalent in his lyrics. Two early songs, ‘Suzanne’ and ‘Priests Read more

Bob Dylan - 42% match to Tom Waits

Genres: Blues Country & Bluegrass Documentaries Folk Holiday & Seasonal Music & Radio Pop / Rock Spoken Word Vocals
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Robert Allen Zimmerman, 24 May 1941, Duluth, Minnesota, USA. Bob Dylan is without doubt one of the most influential figures in the history of popular music. He is the writer of scores of classic songs and is generally regarded as the man who brought literacy to rock lyrics.The son of the middle-class proprietor of an electrical and furniture store, as Read more

Roger McGuinn - 42% match to Tom Waits

Genres: Blues Country & Bluegrass Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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James Joseph McGuinn, 13 July 1942, Chicago, Illinois, USA. After a period playing at various folk clubs in Chicago, lead guitarist Jim McGuinn briefly joined the Limeliters before accepting a job as an accompanist in the Chad Mitchell Trio in 1960. He played on two of their albums, Mighty Day On Campus and Live At The Bitter End, but after a couple of years became frustrat Read more

Mark Lanegan - 36% match to Tom Waits

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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25 November 1964, Ellensburg, Washington, USA. Lanegan maintained a remarkably fecund solo career while still part of his regular band, Screaming Trees. Initially providing an outlet from the snarling guitars and punk attitude of his work with the Conner brothers, Lanegan’s solo career has developed into a fascinating, ongoing personal exploration of the American folk a Read more

Neil Young - 30% match to Tom Waits

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Documentaries Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock Soundtracks
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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12 November 1945, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Although Young maintains he had a happy childhood he contracted polio when he was 6 and throughout his teenage years he suffered the disintegration of his parents’ marriage (his father, Scott Young, was a hugely prolific sports writer and novelist). Having moved to Winnipeg as a child, Young began his enigmatic career as a mem Read more

Screamin' Jay Hawkins - 26% match to Tom Waits

Genres: Blues Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Jalacy Hawkins, 18 July 1929, Cleveland, Ohio, USA, d. 12 February 2000, Neuilly-sur-Seine, France. Reportedly raised in Cleveland by a tribe of Blackfoot Indians, young Jalacy became interested in music at an early age, teaching himself piano at the age of six and, having mastered the keyboard, he then learned to play saxophone in his early teens. Hawkins was also an adept Read more

Captain Beefheart - 25% match to Tom Waits

Genres: Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s
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Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - 25% match to Tom Waits

Genres: Pop / Rock
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Lou Reed - 25% match to Tom Waits

Genres: Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Lewis Allen Rabinowitz, 2 March 1942, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA. A member of several high-school bands, Reed made his recording debut with the Shades in 1957. Their ‘So Blue’ enjoyed brief notoriety when played by influential disc jockey Murray The K, but was lost in the multitude of independent singles released in this period. Having graduated from Sy Read more

Morphine - 25% match to Tom Waits

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Purveyors of quite startling, low-end alternative music, US trio Morphine were one of the few bands in the field not to employ guitars. The bass of vocalist Mark Sandman (24 September 1952, d. 3 July 1999, Palestrina, Italy) was a rudimentary affair, comprising two strings usually tuned to the same note, enabling him to produce a sound that doubled as a heavily distorted gui Read more

Nick Cave - 25% match to Tom Waits

Genres: Documentaries Pop / Rock Soundtracks Spoken Word World Music
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Ry Cooder - 23% match to Tom Waits

Genres: Blues Country & Bluegrass Instrumental Latin Pop / Rock Soundtracks World Music
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Ryland Peter Cooder, 15 March 1947, Los Angeles, California, USA. One of popular music’s premier talents, Cooder mastered the rudiments of guitar while still a child. He learned the techniques of traditional music from Rev. Gary Davis and by the age of 17 was part of a blues act with singer Jackie DeShannon. In 1965, he formed the Rising Sons with Taj Mahal and veteran Read more

John Lee Hooker - 22% match to Tom Waits

Genres: Blues Jazz Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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22 August 1917, Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA, d. 21 June 2001, Los Altos, California, USA. Dates vary between 1917 to 1920, but owing to the age of Hooker’s mother when he was born, 1917 is the most likely. He was born into a large family, of between 10 and 12 siblings, who all worked on the fields of a large tenanted agricultural farm. Hooker’s first musical exper Read more

Patti Smith - 22% match to Tom Waits

Genres: Music & Radio Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Patricia Lee Smith, 30 December 1946, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Smith was raised in New Jersey and became infatuated by music, principally the Rolling Stones, the Velvet Underground, Jimi Hendrix and James Brown. After relocating to New York City in 1967, she lived with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe for a period. Her initial talent focused on poetry, rock journalism and art Read more

Tim Buckley - 22% match to Tom Waits

Genres: Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Timothy Charles Buckey III, 14 February 1947, Washington, DC, USA, d. 29 June 1975, Santa Monica, California, USA. This radiant talent began his solo career in the folk clubs of Los Angeles. He was discovered by manager Herb Cohen who secured the singer’s recording contract with the prestigious Elektra Records label. 1966’s Tim Buckley introduced the artist as a sk Read more


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