Tom Waits

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Thomas Alan Waits, Songwriter / Actor / Singer was born 12/7/1949 in Pomona, California would keep a pad of paper and pencil by his bed as a child so that he could write down the lyrics he thought up in the middle of the night. He taught himself how to play the piano at a neighbor's house, and then learned the guitar. Waits got into the music business at an early age; Herb Cohen signed him to Asylum records in '71 ('discovered at a "Hoot Night" at The Troubadour). Tom Waits opened for The Mothers on a number of occasions, and sat in with the band at least twice: 8/11 and 11/9 of 1974.