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UPI Almanac for Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013.
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Christie's summer playlist includes Springsteen, Black Eyed Peas

TRENTON, N.J., July 1 (UPI) -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie released his summer playlist, including music by Bruce Springsteen, The Black Eyed Peas and Bon Jovi.

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UPI Almanac for Friday, Dec. 7, 2012.
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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011.
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'Mylo Xyloto' is No. 1 on the U.S. album chart

'Mylo Xyloto' is No. 1 on the U.S. album chart

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Coldplay's "Mylo Xyloto" is No. 1 on the U.S. album chart, Billboard.com reported Wednesday.
Cooper, Diamond inducted into Rock Hall

Cooper, Diamond inducted into Rock Hall

NEW YORK, March 15 (UPI) -- Alice Cooper, Dr. John, Neil Diamond, Tom Waits and Darlene Love have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at a ceremony in New York.
Zombie, Midler to be Rock Hall presenters

Zombie, Midler to be Rock Hall presenters

NEW YORK, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame says Rob Zombie will induct honoree Alice Cooper at its upcoming ceremony in New York.
Cooper, Diamond named Rock Hall inductees

Cooper, Diamond named Rock Hall inductees

CLEVELAND, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- Neil Diamond, Alice Cooper, Darlene Love, Dr. John and Tom Waits are to be inducted into the U.S. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, it was announced Wednesday.
Beastie Boys, Diamond get Rock Hall nods

Beastie Boys, Diamond get Rock Hall nods

CLEVELAND, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- Alice Cooper, Beastie Boys, Bon Jovi and Neil Diamond have been nominated for induction into the U.S. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, it was announced Tuesday.
Coldplay to perform on 'Daily Show'

Coldplay to perform on 'Daily Show'

NEW YORK, June 24 (UPI) -- The British rock group Coldplay is to appear and perform on the U.S. chat program "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," Comedy Central said Tuesday.

Bowie sings on Johansson's debut CD

LONDON, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Famed British rock singer David Bowie reportedly helps out on two songs on U.S. actress Scarlett Johansson's forthcoming debut CD, "Anywhere I Lay My Head."

Shortlist tabs Cat Power as 'The Greatest'

NEW YORK, June 13 (UPI) -- Georgia-born singer Cat Power took home the 2007 Shortlist Music Prize this week for her album, "The Greatest."

'Morning Becomes Eclectic' turns 30

SANTA MONICA, Calif., May 28 (UPI) -- Groundbreaking "Morning Becomes Eclectic" marks 30 years giving independent musicians airtime and providing free-form programming on U.S. public radio.

Waits, GM settle voice impersonation suit

FRANKFURT, Germany, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- U.S. singer Tom Waits settled his German lawsuit filed against General Motors' German division and its ad agency he said impersonated his voice in overseas ads.

Tom Waits plans 8-day August tour

CHICAGO, July 5 (UPI) -- Singer-songwriter Tom Waits will go on tour in August for the first time since 1999, performing in major cities in the Midwest and Southern states.
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Tom Waits
Tom Waits performs during the 21st annual Bridge School Benefit at Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, C alifornia October 28, 2007. (UPI Photo/Stephen Dorian Miner)

Thomas Alan "Tom" Waits (born December 7, 1949) is an American singer-songwriter, composer and actor. Waits has a distinctive voice, described by critic Daniel Durchholz as sounding "like it was soaked in a vat of bourbon, left hanging in the smokehouse for a few months, and then taken outside and run over with a car." With this trademark growl, his incorporation of pre-rock music styles such as blues, jazz, and vaudeville, and experimental tendencies verging on industrial music, Waits has built up a distinctive musical persona. He has worked as a composer for movies and musical plays and as a supporting actor in films, including Down By Law and Bram Stoker's Dracula. He was nominated for an Academy Award for his soundtrack work on One from the Heart.

Lyrically, Waits' songs frequently present atmospheric portrayals of grotesque, often seedy characters and places – although he has also shown a penchant for more conventional ballads. He has a cult following and has influenced subsequent songwriters despite having little radio or music video support. His songs are best-known to the general public in the form of cover versions by more visible artists: "Jersey Girl", performed by Bruce Springsteen and "Downtown Train", performed by Rod Stewart. Although Waits' albums have met with mixed commercial success in his native United States, they have occasionally achieved gold album sales status in other countries. He has been nominated for a number of major music awards and has won Grammy Awards for two albums, Bone Machine and Mule Variations. In 2010, Waits was chosen to be inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011.

Waits currently lives in Sonoma County, California with his wife, Kathleen Brennan, and three children.

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