Happy Birthday Tom Waits | Unedited Storytellers Appearance

Today marks singer-pianist Tom Waits' 64th birthday. The uncanny storyteller with the whiskey-soaked voice was finally inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame a few years back with the organization noting, "Tom Waits is a gruff-voiced, big-hearted singer/pianist who is to songwriting what Charles Bukowski is to poetry, Jack Kerouac is to prose and Edward Hopper is to painting. A true original, Waits’ specializes in story-songs about all kinds of beautiful losers: nighthawks, boozers, grifters, drifters, dreamers, con men and other flotsam from the underbelly of American life."

In 1999 Waits appeared on VH-1's Storytellers series in support of the Mule Variations LP. Tom tells many tales throughout, some tall and some seemingly true; though the music channel only aired 45-minutes of Waits' performance. Thankfully, audio of Waits' full unedited set circulates for our enjoyment.

Watch the episode of Storytellers that aired on VH-1:

Listen to the full unedited version:

[Published on: 12/7/13]

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