Tom Waits John Waits, Mr. Tom Waits, T Waits, T. Veits, T. Waite, T. Waites, T. Waits, T.Waits, Thomas A. Waits, Thomas Alan Waits, Thomas Waits, Tom, Tom Wait, Tom Waites, Tom Waits (The Boners), Waites, Waits, Waits, Tom, Т. Вейц, Том Вэйтс, Том Уэйтс, תום ווייטס, トム・ウェイツBorn December 7th. 1949, in Pomona, California. Tom Waits first album, "Closing Time", was released in 1973. A contemporary artist, Waits is mostly known for his lyrical and poetical songwriting and raspy gravelly voice. His own inspiration is rooted in early blues and beat poetry with influences like Howlin' Wolf and Jack Kerouac. Apart from music, Waits also has a strong presence in movies. He has appeared in works by Francis Ford Coppola, Jim Jarmusch, Terry Gilliam, and Robert Altman.