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A world away from Tom Waits' later, more avant-garde efforts, his 1974 album finds him crooning downright melodically in relatively clear tones over stripped-down jazz/blues arrangements. It's fascinating (and often touching) to hear him in this youthful stage of development. Waits' love of beat poetry comes through in the dizzying imagery of the spoken-word piece "Diamonds on My Windshield”. But for the most part, The Heart of Saturday Night is full of straightforward love songs, like the tender ballads "San Diego Serenade" and the title track.


Born: 07 December 1949 in Pomona, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

In the 1970s, Tom Waits combined a lyrical focus on desperate, low-life characters with a persona that seemed to embody the same lifestyle, which he sang about in a raspy, gravelly voice. From the '80s on, his work became increasingly theatrical as he moved into acting and composing. Growing up in Southern California, Waits attracted the attention of manager Herb Cohen, who also handled Frank Zappa, and was signed by him at the beginning of the 1970s, resulting in the material later released as The...
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