Thomas Alan Wait is known popularly by the name of Tom Waits, and his voice is even more popular than his name. Critic Daniel Durchholz describes his voice as, “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.” Tom Waits has such a distinctive voice that, the first time you hear him, you will only want to ‘Hold On’ to it. In case you haven’t heard his songs yet, you got to hear him right now.

Ever since Tom Waits began performing in 1972, his craze caught on for his amazingly different voice and as much unique persona. The man is known for his style of music which includes blues, jazz and vaudeville. Moreover, his thoughts are highly enlightening as it holds a completely different and outgoing approach towards life.

Tom Waits, 66 as internet has it, he might have been an inspiration behind Heath Ledger’s onscreen legendary portrayal of Joker from The Dark Knight. You won’t believe it until you haven’t seen it. Initially, we took time to believe if Tom Waits really had any links with the Joker character. The man is magic, and is certainly one personality which can inspire hundreds of characters portrayals. (ALSO READ: These Instagram poems will set your heart free to all the emotions you have been holding within)

Here are 10 insanely awesome quotes by Tom Waits, worth reading.

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Here is a clip we found on internet of an interview which took place in 1979. The video description on Youtube describes Tom Waits as Heath Ledger’s inspiration for his portrayal of the Joker. It is truly unbelievable how similar the two look

Watch Tom Waits performing Silent Night, and tell me if you don’t feel like holding onto his voice!

Tom Waits is one helluva man!