Tom Waits

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer

Category: Performer

Inducted in: 2011

Inducted by: Neil Young

Nominated in: 2011

First Eligible: 1999 Ceremony


Inducted into Rock Hall Projected in 2013 (ranked #202) .


Essential Albums (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3Amazon CD
Closing Time (1973)
Swordfishtrombones (1983)
Rain Dogs (1985)
Bone Machine (1992)
Mule Variations (1999)

Essential Songs (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3YouTube
I Hope That I Don't Fall In Love With You (1973)
Downtown Train (1985)

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Uncle tom is just UNIQUE. Without him, Lou and Little Feat it's just the Hall of Shame.

Posted by the_fan_60 on Sunday, 10.8.06 @ 05:41am


Tom Deserves to be in the hall, but we all know he will not get voted in which is CRIMINAL!

Posted by Crumple on Monday, 10.23.06 @ 13:35pm


After Scarlett Johansson releases that cover album of Tom Waits songs, he'll get the recognition he deserves. Sad it has to come that, doesn't it?

Posted by c.w. on Monday, 10.23.06 @ 18:49pm


who would vote no for Tom Waits not belongning in the rock&roll hall of fame?
Tom Waits deserves to be in there.

Posted by Ray Rogers on Sunday, 02.4.07 @ 20:25pm


tom waits is not in but rod stewart is?one of his biggest hits was tom's downtown train
it's insane hes not in

Posted by matt foster on Sunday, 03.18.07 @ 17:27pm


Drunk and Staggerin'!!! Last call for alcohol!!!

Posted by Joe-Skee on Thursday, 07.5.07 @ 11:50am


If Tom Waits doesn't belong in the hall-of-famer, than I'm a monkey's uncle

Posted by Chalkie on Monday, 09.3.07 @ 17:26pm


If Tom Waits doesn't make it onto the list then it shows how the industry dominates thses awards,if you've sold enough you're in, even if that means that you lost your soul years ago.I am a rock 'n' roll whore i made the records you wanted so let me in

Posted by David Lewindon on Wednesday, 10.3.07 @ 05:21am


TOM WAITS, ARTISTIC GENIUS- WAY AHEAD OF HIS TIME.
AS COOL AS STEVE MCQUEEN OR DUKE ELINGTON. IT IS A JOKE NOT TO HAVE HIM IN THE HALL WITH RICHARD THOMPSON, JIMMY CLIFF AND OSCAR DELEON. DO THEY KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT MUSIC OUTSIDE OF THE TOP 40 THAT INFLUENCES R&R ?

Posted by JD on Thursday, 12.13.07 @ 19:40pm


It's inexcusable that Tom Waits is not in the Hall. Half the bands in there have covered his work. He's probably one of the most influential artists of the 20th and 21st century. I guess 2 album of the year awards and 2 grammy nominations for soundtracks is quite good enough?

Posted by Daniel on Saturday, 02.9.08 @ 23:27pm


Since Grandpa Cohen is being inducted this year, it's just a matter of time for Waits. He and Leonard are kindred spirits.

Posted by Lance Swanson on Sunday, 02.17.08 @ 11:12am


The RRHOF is redundant. I suspect that the great Tom Waits couldn't care less about it and whether or not he is inducted.

Posted by Michael on Monday, 05.5.08 @ 18:11pm


In this time of Rap Music,Britney,and all the other throwaway music{hear it once,throwitaway},issued out on ipods,itunes,it is no wonder that Tom Waits doesnt get his propers.The music industry,and sadly,80% of its listeners,are just either too lazy,stupid,or stuck in the slimey hole of cheap,mundane,and just plain ignorant claptrap they are forcefed by the media,the music industry,and all the other so called new artist who call Tom Waits "old school".I would rather be old school,instead of just some new fool.Rap music sucks,and is the down fall of rock and roll.

Posted by joe on Saturday, 06.28.08 @ 00:18am


In this time of Rap Music,Britney,and all the other throwaway music{hear it once,throwitaway},issued out on ipods,itunes,it is no wonder that Tom Waits doesnt get his propers.The music industry,and sadly,80% of its listeners,are just either too lazy,stupid,or stuck in the slimey hole of cheap,mundane,and just plain ignorant claptrap they are forcefed by the media,the music industry,and all the other so called new artist who call Tom Waits "old school".I would rather be old school,instead of just some new fool.Rap music sucks,and is the down fall of rock and roll.

Posted by joe on Saturday, 06.28.08 @ 00:18am


"Rap music sucks,and is the down fall of rock and roll."-joe

Bob Dylan disagrees. You might find his name under a list of people who influenced Waits.

Posted by William on Saturday, 06.28.08 @ 01:38am


A great guy
I would say Yes but I don't think RHOF will

Posted by tinman on Wednesday, 09.3.08 @ 14:24pm


I have the sneaking suspiscion that Waits will go in one of these years. As has been mentioned, Leonard Cohen went in recently, and Patti Smith as well. This shows that there are, in fact, people on the committee who value quality, edgy, post-60s singer/songwriters. While they apparently feel like they need to induct somebody super popular every year in order to draw a TV audience, they do then put in people like this as well.
As far as Waits himself goes, the guy has been just brilliant for most of the last 35 years, giving us a boozy piano hobo Sinatra out of Elmore Leonard for the first decade, then descending into the most fascinating junkyard dementia ever recorded. His records can be the scream of a madman, the wry smirk of a hysterical uncle, the maudlin heartbreak of the guy on the stool next to you, the fever-dream of a man with a secret past...so many characters inhabiting the sidewalks, diners, train stations and highways of America. He's not quite like anybody, and nobody's quite like him.

A freakin' genius.

Posted by Jack on Friday, 09.12.08 @ 07:53am


R.I.P. Earl Palmer (He worked with Tom Waits and Little Richard)

Posted by Keebord on Saturday, 09.20.08 @ 18:20pm


Steven Van Zandt is on the committee. It's gonna happen.

Posted by This Guy on Tuesday, 10.7.08 @ 00:46am


Tom Waits is one of the left field artists who will inevitably get in.

One of the true originals in popular music history. A real class act and an enormous talent.

Posted by Jonas on Friday, 12.19.08 @ 06:04am


Tom won the ASCAP founders award a few years ago, which in many ways is more prestigious than being in the hall of fame.
There's a youtube speech to watch from it also. And if rolling stone has anything to do with the rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Tom will have to wait another 25 years. Rolling Stone has never had Tom Waits on the cover of it's american edition, and Tom doesn't think too much of Rolling Stone. (They have had decent coverage of him inside the mag.) But not decent in the last ten years.

Posted by andre on Sunday, 01.4.09 @ 20:21pm


The Man is Beat..!
I hope he gets IN

Posted by mrxyz on Tuesday, 02.3.09 @ 22:03pm


Waits doesn't need accolades... he's took cool to care about em.. and Waits is too cool for the rock n roll hall of fame.

Posted by Anand on Thursday, 04.16.09 @ 12:18pm


I think Tom Waits might have very good chances actually. He seems to be the kind that the Hall will favor. In addition, his name and reputation is well known. Even by people who aren't familiar with his music so that could work in his favor

Posted by Keebord on Wednesday, 07.8.09 @ 17:11pm


Keeboard's right... when your songs are both still played on college radio, and have been covered by artists like Dion... you're reputable and have a good shot.

Posted by Philip on Wednesday, 07.8.09 @ 17:14pm


The real deal,, Him and Dr John got it going on...
I hope Yes

Posted by mrxyz on Wednesday, 08.26.09 @ 23:41pm


Its a crying shame I just got back from the rrhof and can't believe Tom Waits is not in ther but a whole section dedicated to bruce springsteen we wouldn't even have the Boss without Waits.

Posted by kris on Monday, 10.12.09 @ 01:11am


You know I listen to Tom Waits CONSTANTLY and it never occurred to me that he's been passed over for so long. He's too cool for the rock hall. His greatness, like the Stooges, exists outside of the narrow confines of its tastes. Leave him out, it's no drag on his legacy.

Posted by booboooo on Friday, 10.30.09 @ 22:24pm


Oh, hell yes! Tom Waits AND Lowell George and/or Little Feat MUST lend some legitimacy to any music "hall of fame."

Posted by plastercastface on Tuesday, 03.16.10 @ 16:51pm


Tom Waits deserves it, in fact I just figured he was in... if he doesn't get in, it's the RHOF's loss (and shame). Seriously.

Posted by Andy on Saturday, 06.5.10 @ 00:42am


I hope to see him In. though he does kinda remind me of Dr John...

Posted by mrxyxomg on Sunday, 09.19.10 @ 19:57pm


http://rockhall.com/inductees/nominees/tom-waits/

Only one songwriter could be covered by the Ramones (“I Don’t Want to Grow Up”) and the Eagles (“Old 55”). Beginning with his first album in 1973, Tom Waits has carved out a unique place in rock & roll. His music mixes Chicago blues, parlor ballads, beat poetry, pulp fiction parlance and – when you least expected it – heart-breaking tenderness. His enormously influential live shows combine elements of German cabaret, vaudeville and roadhouse rock. After establishing a successful early style as a wry singer-songwriter, Waits went through a dramatic expansion with Swordfishtrombones (1983). Disregarding musical borders and commercial considerations, he set off in wild pursuit of the Muse. Waits has composed film scores, musical theatre and an operetta. He has co-written with Keith Richards and William Burroughs. His songs have been covered by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, Solomon Burke, Marianne Faithful, the Neville Brothers, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss and the Blind Boys of Alabama. He has recorded with the Rolling Stones, Bonnie Raitt, the Replacements and Roy Orbison. A tribute to his great influence is how many of his songs have been recorded by artists who usually write their own – including Bruce Springsteen (“Jersey Girl”), Tim Buckley (“Martha”), Johnny Cash (“Down By the Train”), Bob Seger (“16 Shells from a Thirty-Ought Six”), T-Bone Burnett (“Time”), Tori Amos (“Time”), Steve Earle (“Way Down In The Hole”), Elvis Costello (“Innocent When You Dream”) and Rod Stewart (“Downtown Train”).

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 09.28.10 @ 18:26pm


FROM THE DIGITAL DREAM DOOR

Tom Waits

At what point does a cult artist whose work never reaches mainstream familiarity, much less popularity, become a heavyweight in the music industry where their lack of success is a badge of honor rather than a detriment to their career? Whatever that point is, Tom Waits has likely passed it. The Hall of Fame has shown a propensity for rewarding figures like this with nominations despite a lack of easily measurable achievements and frequently it results in their weakest choices because like all Halls Of Fame there must be a level of objective accomplishment to warrant consideration. Waits doesn't have that. None of his songs were hits, none of his compositions have become hits for others, and while most of his albums have sold, none have even broken the Top 20 on the charts. Yet more than most who can say that, Tom Waits can also say that he occupies a unique place in rock history, that of an eclectic storyteller whose primary ambition was to be different and in fact anti-commercial. So considering he achieved the very image he set out to create, and along the way has had a career that has included not only dozens of acclaimed albums but entire film soundtracks as well, how does one bestow proper credit on him for these non-traditional accomplishments? By ignoring him as the general public always has, confining him to the fringes of musical acceptance where he seems most comfortable, or by acknowledging his successful efforts at remaining true to a vision that never had the intent to be more widely accepted in the first place? The Hall Of Fame seems to once again have chosen the latter, but the bigger question remains: would possible induction into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall Of Fame actually tarnish the very goals Waits set out to achieve?

Qualifications: 4 - Modest Accomplishments

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 09.28.10 @ 19:48pm


This Year's Leonard Cohen.

Posted by Roy on Saturday, 10.2.10 @ 06:32am


Easily the most deserving artist on this year's ballot, and probably more deserving than 1/3 of the Hall's current inductees.

Posted by Chalkie on Friday, 10.15.10 @ 18:52pm


No to be the most deserving.

Posted by Dameon on Friday, 10.15.10 @ 19:23pm


FYI for Roy who said Waits has no songs recorded and considered hits...on the cuff, I can think of 3..Eagles; Ol '55; Rod Stewart, Downtown Train;Bruce Springsteen, Jersey Girl.

Also, his influence is wide, covers generations, and transcends genres and borders(he has an international reputation and following significantly larger than his American). And,he has been regularly in the top 10 European charts for his recordings.
He has been cited as influence many times by several younger generations of artists. His music has been recorded or used by classical composers and artists like Gavin Byars, Pina Bausch, Twla Tharp et. al. His impact is as present in literature, theater, and film as it is in popular music. Isn't that kind of diversity an emblem of our culture and what the celebration of music and history that the whole shebang is about?

Posted by aaron on Friday, 10.22.10 @ 13:02pm


my only concern is that he might be too cool for the rock n roll hall of fame. is they're anything better we can induct him into?

Posted by Justin Linquist on Sunday, 10.24.10 @ 19:04pm


No to be the most deserving.

Posted by Dameon on Friday, 10.15.10 @ 19:23pm
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I'll assume that you meant "being" rather than "be".

Either way your wrong. I'm sure you'll post some rebuttal drenched in fanboy drool, meanwhile I'll be listening to "Rain Dogs".

Posted by Chalkie on Thursday, 11.25.10 @ 21:30pm


"Either way your wrong." - Chalkie

It's "you're", as in "Either way you're wrong".

Posted by Sam on Tuesday, 11.30.10 @ 10:36am


YOU'RE right, my mistake. He's still wrong though.

Posted by Chalkie on Tuesday, 11.30.10 @ 13:11pm


I could go either way on the matter. I'd just put them both in at once, but we'll find out soon. Last year it was announced on the 15th; I'll be out of internet range from the 19th to the 27th so I hope they don't take too long to announce it.

Posted by Sam on Wednesday, 12.8.10 @ 05:08am


About time! Congrats Tom!

Posted by Chalkie on Wednesday, 12.15.10 @ 07:37am


Tom Waits

Limited commercial appeal but lauded as an eclectic singer/songwriter/composer who's material, even if not recorded by him, is fairly well known. Waits is the kind of individualistic artist spurning mainstream acclaim that a Hall of Fame seemingly like bestowing honors upon. His name recognition and reputation among other artists gives him one of the better chances here of at least a nomination.

Digital Dream Door

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 12.15.10 @ 12:12pm



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVVDrPEQZt4

The 2011 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame: Tom Waits

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 05.11.11 @ 07:32am


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