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Tom Waits Inducted Into Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

Tom Waits
Tom Waits
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Former notorious San Diego resident Tom Waits was recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 14, 2011, marking a milestone in the eclectic musicians’ storied career.

Born in Pomona, California, Waits relocated to National City where he lived with his mother after his parents divorced when he just a child. He would later go on to graduate from Hilltop High School in Chula Vista in 1966. A self-taught musician and former member of the Coast Guard, Waits set out to create a unique vision of his musicianship by incorporating a variety of genres ranging from blues, country, folk and jazz, all complemented by his rough gravel-like voice.

Also an accomplished actor, Waits has made memorable appearances over the years in such films as Mystery Men, The Cotton Club and Rumble Fish. Actress Scarlett Johansson recently paid homage to Waits with a 2008 covers album titled, Anywhere I Lay My Head. Waits was inducted by Neil Young, who improvised his speech before introducing a video montage of highlights from Waits' career. On February 24, 2011 it was announced through his Facebook page that Waits had begun working on his next studio album.