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 ...