Happy Birthday: Tom Waits

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Rock
70s
Happy Birthday
Tom Waits
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Happy Birthday: Tom Waits

Although his voice would sometimes have you believe that he’s two or three times older, Tom Waits turns 67 years old today. He’s not an artist whose level of critical acclaim – which is profound – comes anywhere close to paralleling his commercial success, but he’s written plenty of songs which have been covered by other artists, many of whom have indeed found themselves rising relatively high in the charts with their take on one of Waits’ compositions. The most obvious example, of course, is Rod Stewart’s success with “Downtown Train,” but there are a number of others who’ve done quite well with Waits’ songs.

To celebrate Waits’s birthday, we’ve put together a playlist which features artists from within the Rhino roster who’ve taken a Tom Waits song and put their own spin on it. You’ll certainly know a few of them, but some of them might surprise you. If you enjoy what you hear and you’ve never really taken a shot at listening to Waits’ own recordings, then you should definitely use this as an excuse to fix that situation.