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Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - 69% match to Tom Waits

Genres: Pop / Rock
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Leonard Cohen - 45% 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 - 40% match to Tom Waits

Genres: Blues Country & Bluegrass Documentaries Folk Holiday & Seasonal Music & Radio Pop / Rock
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

Screamin' Jay Hawkins - 31% 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

Grinderman - 29% match to Tom Waits

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 2000s
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Sleazy garage rock band formed by singer-songwriter Nick Cave (Nicholas Edward Cave, 22 September 1957, Warracknabeal, Victoria, Australia) and three members of his long-serving band the Bad Seeds, multi-instrumentalist Warren Ellis (b. Ballarat, Victoria, Australia), bass player Martyn Casey, and drummer Jim Sclavunos (b. New York City, New York, USA). Grinderman evolved in Read more

Morphine - 28% 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

Mark Lanegan - 27% match to Tom Waits

Genres: Pop / Rock
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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 - 27% 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

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

The Pogues - 22% match to Tom Waits

Genres: Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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The London, England-based punk scene of the late 70s inspired some unusual intermingling of styles and the Pogues (then known as Pogue Mahone) performed punky versions of traditional Irish folk songs in pubs throughout the capital. The line-up for their first gig at The Pindar Of Wakefield on 4 October 1982 featured singer Shane MacGowan (25 December 1957, Tunbridge Wells, K Read more

Howlin' Wolf - 21% match to Tom Waits

Genres: Blues Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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The Birthday Party - 21% match to Tom Waits

Genres: Pop / Rock
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Townes Van Zandt - 21% match to Tom Waits

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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John Townes Van Zandt, 7 March 1944, Fort Worth, Texas, USA, d. 1 January 1997, Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, USA. A country and folk blues singer and guitarist, Van Zandt was a native Texan and great-grandson of one of the original settlers who founded Fort Worth in the mid-nineteenth century. The son of a prominent oil family, Van Zandt turned his back on financial security to pu Read more

Johnny Cash - 20% match to Tom Waits

Genres: Children's Music Christian & Gospel Country & Bluegrass Folk Holiday & Seasonal Holiday & Seasonal Music Theme Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock Spoken Word
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26 February 1932, Kingsland, Arkansas, USA, d. 12 September 2003, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. One of the giants of American music, Cash made over 70 albums of original material, plus countless guest appearances. His music reflected his love of America, his compassion, his love of life, and, what is often lacking in country music, a sense of humour. Heeding the advice he was g Read more

Frank Zappa - 19% match to Tom Waits

Genres: Big Band & Swing Classical Doo Wop Instrumental Jazz Music Theme Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Frank Vincent Zappa, 21 December 1940, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, d. 4 December 1993, Los Angeles, California, USA. Zappa’s parents were second-generation Sicilian Greeks; his father played ‘strolling crooner’ guitar. At the age of 12 Frank, who had relocated to California with his family, became interested in drums, learning orchestral percussion at summer sch Read more


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